A 28-year-old police constable attached to the Moratu-Modara police post was hacked to death with a manna knife when he made an attempt to intervene and stop a clash which took place between two groups in the Moratu-Modara area early this morning.
He had accompanied his crime OIC and a team of policemen to the Moratu-Modara area, after they were informed by the residents of the area about a clash which was took place for nearly an hour with swords and poles being used by both parties.
The police constable, Chandarawimala Samarawickrama had received two complaints from the residents in Jayagath Pedesa in Moratu-Modara about the clash.
It is alleged that when the police team arrived at the scene of the incident around 1am, one of the men had assaulted the PC with a manna knife causing serious injuries to his head. He died before admission to hospital.
According to the residents of the area the injured constable was immediately taken by his police team to the hospital.
Following the incident the police conducted a massive road and mobile patrolling operation in the area to track down the suspects involved in the killing. One person was taken into custody during the search operation, police said.
One person who was injured during the clash and is currently receiving treatment at the Panadura Hospital. Inquiries had revealed that the quarrelling groups had been consuming liquor and and argument had led to the clash.
His body was taken to the Panadura Hospital following the killing where the post mortem was conducted. (Supun Dias and Kusal Chamath)