Suspects further remanded in Rathgama businessmen’s murder case

Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela further remanded the seventeen suspects including 15 police officers and two Wildlife Conservation Department officers till January 23.

He also ordered the police to send notice of reminder to Government Analyst’s Department over the DNA reports connected to the murder case.

The defence attorneys told court that the respective DNA reports linked to the case had not been sent by the Government Analyst yet.

The suspects remanded are SP Special Crime Investigation Unit former OIC IP Kapila Nishantha Silva, SI H.G.Viraj Madusanka, Constable H.G.Sanjaya Chanaka, Beat Officer K.Marshal Thushara Nalinda, CI E.A.Saman Rohana, SI Vidanage Thilakrathne, Constable Upul Ranjith, SI W.R.Wimalasiri, SI G.K.Wimalarathne, Sergeant P.H.Chaminda, Sergeant S.G.Premalal, Constable Y.P.Vidanagama, and Constable B.A.R.Asanka, Police Driver H.M.S.Jayarathna, Walasmulla Forest Ranger R.S.Suwaris, Constable Anil Kumara and Constable Ragamunige Wijitha Kumara.

They are charged for abduction of two businessmen, Gonapinuwalage Asela Manjula Kumara and Kosma Rasik Chintaka of Rathnaudagama, Boossa, Rathgama on January 23, 2019, conspiring to murder and burn them and aiding to carry out the crime.

The officials of the CID who are prosecuting said that there was another suspect to be arrested in connection with the murder of the businessman who had fled the area.They also submitted that investigations into the case were still in progress. A group of lawyers including A.P.G.Sarathchandra PC appeared for the suspects.

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