Delgoda murder suspects shot dead
DELGODA: Two suspects arrested on suspicion of killing five members
from the same family over a land dispute in Delgoda on Saturday were
shot dead by police in self-defence when the suspects attempted to
attack the police in Delgoda yesterday.
The main suspects of the multiple murder E. Amaradasa and his brother
E. Upasena were shot dead by police in Mahawatte, Delgoda yesterday at
around 1.00 a.m, Kelaniya Division SSP Nihal Samarakoon said.
Amaradasa and Upasena under Gampaha police custody led a police team
to show the weapons used to murder the family. “When the police team
approached the backyard of Amaradasa’s house, he suddenly emerged with
two hand grenades and attempted to attack the police team.
“The police shot the suspects in self defence,” SSP Samarakoon told
the Daily News.
Two suspects Amaradasa and his brother Upasena who were trying to
flee Colombo were arrested by Gampaha police in Delgoda around 4.30 p.m.
on Tuesday, Gampaha ASP Lakshman Cooray said.
“During the inquiry the two confessed they murdered five members of
the same family last Saturday over a land dispute. They also told the
police where they kept the clubs used to kill the victims,” ASP Cooray
told the Daily News.
The victims were M.Tilakaratne (36), his wife D.Ramyalatha (34), his
mother-in-law A.Pabawathi (80) and his sons Dilshan Mauwanthi (08) and
Sachintha Lakshan (04).
A police team from Gampaha accompanied the two suspects to recover
the murder weapon. The suspects tried to throw hand grenades at the
police officers and the police shot them in self defence.
The two suspects succumbed to injuries at the Gampaha hospital, he
added. The police recovered two hand grenades and the murder weapon from
the house of main suspect Amaradasa. ASP Cooray said Amaradasa had a
land dispute with Ramyalatha. The verdict of the court case in this
regard was to be delivered this week.
It was revealed that Amaradasa has given a contract to kill the
family five months ago, but the contract killers failed to complete the
task. Amaradasa and his brother then killed the victims before the court
verdict, the ASP remarked.
Ramyalatha and her 12 year old daughter Dinusha Madurangi, the sole
survivor, have been raped before they were clubbed. Madurangi who
suffered head injuries is critical, the ASP said. Meegahawatte and
Gampaha police are investigating.