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Suspect’s body recovered from Mahaweli river

Police and residents near the Mahaweli River. Picture by A. M. A. FAREED, Trincomalee District Special Corr.

The body of a suspect who had drowned in the Mahaweli river, while escaping police following the bust of an illegal sand excavation racket, was discovered in Kinniya on Wednesday (21).

The body was identified as 17-year-old Ranis, a resident of Faisel Nagar in Kinniya.

Police said the body was hauled out of the river with the assistance of the Navy.

Investigations are ongoing.