Ex-Soldier, three others arrested for Kandy unrest

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Four more suspects including an ex-soldier had been taken into custody by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) yesterday in connection with the recent violence that occurred in Kandy, police said.

They were arrested on Friday, Saturday and Sunday following an investigation conducted based on CCTV footages and other collected evidence.

According to police, suspect Prasanna Abeywardhane (40), a resident of Gonawala, Rajawella was arrested on March 30 for damaging shops and religious places in the Digana area. The suspect was identified as a labourer and was remanded until today (2) after being produced at theTeldeniya Magistrate's Court.

The second suspect Sudilinaragedara Shantha Priyantha (30) who was a resident of Kahaulla, Katugastota was arrested by the TID officers on March 31. The suspect has been identified as a mechanic and was arrested for damaging religious places and shops in Madawala, Katugastota and remanded till April 10 after being produced at the Kandy Magistrate's Court.

Meanwhile, suspect Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Sampath Sooriyabandara (37) a resident of Mullegama, Ambatenna was arrested yesterday (01) and was to be produced before the Galagedara Magistrate's Court. The police said that the suspect was a labourer, was arrested in connection with setting fire to shops in Ambatenna and damaging religious places.

Former soldier Herat Mudiyanselage Piyatissa (46) was arrested yesterday for damaging shops and religious places in Poojapitiya. The suspect was a resident of Kaluwana, Ambatenna and he was also to be produced before the Galagedara Magistrate's Court.

Meanwhile, police said that another team attached to the TID had been sent to Kandy to arrest several suspects who were identified in the investigations.

A recently - elected SLPP member of the Kundasale Pradeshiya Sabha was also arrested by the TID on March 28 for causing damages to businesses and places of religious worship at Digana, Kandy.

According to police, a total of 332 suspects had been arrested over the Kandy violence and among them 127 suspects are yet in remand custody. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • wasawasantha Sunday, 01 April 2018 08:51 PM

    Good job.

    Alfred Grero Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:49 PM

    Yes Good job, but punish them severely as a deterrent now that you have cctv footage as proof.

    johan Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:45 PM

    Good that some action is taken and must give them maximum punishment so that a recurrence could be avoided. A study must be conducted where more CCTV cameras could be installed to control crimes.

    Arnold Sunday, 01 April 2018 10:08 PM

    332 arrested and only 127 remaining. What is the point of arresting if they are bailed out within days? Government should recover the full cost of damages from these trouble makers.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 02 April 2018 09:05 AM

    Arresting them is inadequate, full punishment needs to be metted. Their should be no place for racism whether by a Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim or any other.

    Kerching Monday, 02 April 2018 10:26 AM

    And not one will eventually be punished such is procedures in SL legal system ...the prisons are full of non payment of fine persons ..but these crimes go unpunished..it makes no sense

    Muhammed Riaz Monday, 02 April 2018 06:01 PM

    As an outsider I am pleased to see action being taken to date to arrest these racist hoodlums. Further action must be taken to make them an example. Sri Lanka must not go the way Mynmaar has decided to go. Sri Lanka must avoid this dangerous situation, as we are watching from outside. I love Sri Lanka, and very much this won’t happen again.


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