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A step father was arrested by the police for brutally assaulting and burning three step children in Haputhale leaving a five year old boy dead.

The incident had happened in the new housing scheme in the Thangamalai area in Haputhale between December 12 and December 19. “The suspect had assaulted the three children and poured hot water on them,” he said.

One child identified as Zaheer Sanheer Puhaneshwaran (05) succumbed to his injuries on Thursday while receiving treatment at the Badulla General Hospital.  The other two children are currently receiving treatment at the hospital.

The suspect is engaged in labour work and his wife is also engaged in odd jobs in the area. At the time of the incident his wife was not present in the house.

“Since the children are not his, he had constantly harassed and punished them severely for a considerable time period,” the police said.

The three children including two young girls are aged 11, 5 and 2, the police added. The police received information about the tragic incident on December 15.

The suspect was arrested while he was hiding in the area after the police was informed about his whereabouts. He was produced before the Badulla Magistrate and was remanded till January 2, 2012. (Supun Dias)


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  • Nodrog Saturday, 31 December 2011 12:39 PM

    sick news to hear during this festive season. Painful, deliberate and wilful killing of innocent children...this man does not deserve to live!

    mohammed Sunday, 01 January 2012 06:06 AM

    Poverty make this kind of incidents. Cost of living and jobless or the income is not sufficent to fulfill the daily need will lead people to sacrifise own life. We can hear such cases in coming days of 2012

    Shemani Friday, 30 December 2011 04:43 PM

    He must not be released for the sake of the children. This man is not normal.

    Ranil Friday, 30 December 2011 06:10 PM

    Death Penalty please! Inhumans like these dont deserve to live after brutally killing an innocent child like that!

    shalinee.bharain Saturday, 31 December 2011 07:59 AM

    please dont give bail for this person and arrest that mother also, golly she want protect this childrens. evev children dont know this is stepfater...............but this lady know current situation

    BADA-UDA GEMMBA Saturday, 31 December 2011 10:17 AM

    Here we are .. now there is a job fof the HANGMAN!!!!


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