The deceased was a 23-year-old soldier residing at Jalasa Para, Dambulla.
According to the Police investigations, the victim had been taken away by a gang of four in a vehicle, severely assaulted and handed over to the custody of a monk residing at the Unapaduruyaya temple, saying he (youth) was responsible for breaking open the pin-pettiya of the temple. Then, the monk informed the Police and handed the youth over to the Police.
The youth who was taken by the Police to the Denzil Kobbekaduwa Base Hospital in Dambulla died.
Police investigations further revealed that the youth was not responsible for any theft. The postmortem examination revealed that the death was caused due to severe injuries caused to the head and internal organs. “One suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder, while the other suspects are absconding,” Police said. Dambulla Police are investigating.