A brother of President Maithripala Sirisena has been arrested by the Polonnaruwa Police in connection with an accident which killed two persons when a cab collided head-on with a motorcycle at Athumalpitiya in Polonnaruwa last morning.
The suspect, Nanasiri Pagnaratne Sirisena was remanded till September 11 after being produced in the Polonnaruwa Magistrate Court.
Police said the 44-year-old pillion rider died after being admitted to the Polonnaruwa Hospital yesterday morning while the 59-year-old motorcycle rider who was undergoing treatment at the Hospital succumbed to his injuries yesterday evening.
The victims Jayaratna Banda and Jayasekara Mudiyanselage Buddhadasa, residents of Hingurakgoda were identified as brothers.
Police said the cab had fled the accident scene and later the cab driver was arrested after he surrendered to the Polonnaruwa Police station.(Darshana Sanjeewa and K.G. Karunaratna)