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Temple Chief Incumbent, Civil Security Guard arrested over Ex-Soldier’s death

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By Shane Seneviratne

The Chief Incumbent of Diyakapanathota Temple in Getambe and a Civil Security Guard were arrested yesterday in connection with the death of an individual who had been assaulted and tied to a tree.

The deceased Chamila Sudira Ratnayake, 43, was a retired soldier of the army from Menikhinna area. Police said when he entered the temple grounds in the early hours of Sunday, he had been severely assaulted and tied to a tree on suspicion of being a thief, and that the Chief Incumbent of the temple and the Civil Security Guard were arrested during the ongoing investigations.

It is alleged that the suspects had not informed the incident to the police or admitted the victim to the hospital.
HQI Kandy Police CI Rasika Sampath is conducting further investigations on the instructions of SSP Anuruddha Bandaranayaka.