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Six including Traffic OIC, PS member remanded for attempted extortion


21 February 2021 11:38 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Six persons, including the OIC of Norton Bridge Traffic Police, have been remanded till March 2 after being arrested by the Ahungalla Police for allegedly attempting to extort Rs. 1 million from a Buddhist monk.

The police arrested the suspects, the OIC, a member of the Habaraduwa Pradeshiya Sabha, a gem merchant from Haloluwa and three others for attempting to extort Rs. 1 million from the chief incumbent of the Balapitiya Pathegama Yogashrama Temple.

It was disclosed  that a group claiming to be officers of the special unit of the Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province, came to the temple on February 17 and demanded a ransom of Rs. 1 million from the temple's chief prelate.

The suspects were produced before the Balapitiya Magistrate on Friday and detained for 24 hours by the Ahungalla Police for further questioning.

The Balapitiya Magistrate today ordered the suspects be remanded till March 2.(DSB)

  Comments - 3

  • RoaringCreek Sunday, 21 February 2021 11:47 AM

    Uncle, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Lanka 3 Sunday, 21 February 2021 03:07 PM

    Poor men. . politicians steal millions of public money and yet get away . Bribe is a way of life in Sri Lanka. Unlucky people

    ralaharamy Monday, 22 February 2021 07:17 AM

    If the trio tried to exhort money from (blackmailing) the Buddhist priest, what is the high value secret they have?

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