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Saturday, 23 February 2019 - 12:55
Residents protest against the killing of 2 businessmen in Rathgama ; Galle Road blocked
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Residents are staging a protest blocking the Rathgama junction along the Colombo – Galle main road, over the recent killing of 2 businessmen in the area.

Our correspondent stated that residents are staging a sit down protest blocking the entire road.

Traffic has been hindered in the area since 10 AM.

Protesters have also blocked the coastal railway line between Dodamgoda and Rathgama.

Bone and hair fragments believed to be that of the 2 businessmen of Rathgama who were abducted, assaulted and killed are to be sent to the Government Analyst for DNA Tests on Monday.

Investigations carried out thus far have revealed that 7 Police Officers were involved in the incident.

It has also been revealed by analysing phone recordings, that Senior DIG in charge of the Southern Province Special Crimes Investigation Unit, Ravi Wijegunawardhana and OIC of the Unit CI Saman Rohana were not directly involved in the incident.

The victims, 31 year old Raseen Chinthaka and 33 year old Manjula Asela, are believed to have been killed in a house at Gonamulla in Akmeemana.

 Later their bodies had been burnt inside the Pallekanda forest reserve in Medagamgoda.

IP Kapila Nishantha de Silva was the first to be arrested in connection with the incident and was remanded until the 27th.

A sub-inspector attached to the Southern Province Special Crime Investigation Unit was also arrested.

Information revealed during questioning led to the discovery of the murder site.

Overall, 15 Officers of the Southern Province Special Crimes Investigation Unit have been transferred following the incident.




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