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Owner, two suspects bailed out, compensation for victims

Horana Bellapitiya Latex Rubber Factory owner Sarath Wijeratne was released on a personal bail of Rs. 10 lakhs and its Manager Ratnasiri Edirisinghe and Chemist Inoka Sangeewani were released on personal bail of five lakhs each when they were produced before court on May 11 from the Kalutara Prison in connection with the recent five deaths at the factory.

Main suspect Sarath Wijeratne agreed to pay Rs. five lakhs as compensation to each of the five dead persons, two employees and three outsiders.

Lawyers appearing for the three suspects informed court that the factory owner had already paid Rs. 12 1/2 lakhs for the deaths and agreed to pay another Rs. 12 1/2 lakhs as compensation.

The magistrate granted conditional bail on the three suspects and ordered each to report to Horana police last Sunday of every month.