The woman who had been admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital after being found in an abandoned graphite pit in Baddegama died on Saturday (05) night while receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit, hospital sources confirmed.
The preliminary magisterial inquiry was conducted by the Galle Acting Magistrate Sunil Gnanatilake at the Karapitiya Hospital yesterday (06) and the body was handed over to relatives.
The deceased was identified as Sadda Namage Achala Kumari, 39, a resident of Pedruwatta, Halpathota, Baddegama.
She was rescued on February 19 and admitted to hospital after falling into an abandoned graphite mine in the Miriswatta area in the Baddegama Police Division.
A group of people who were walking in the Kotigala Kanda section of the Baddegama estate had noticed a woman yelling in an abandoned 40 foot deep graphite mine in the area. Police with the assistance of area residents rescued the woman and rushed her to the Karapitiya Hospital.
She had sustained injuries to her face and head at the time of the rescue and was unable to make a statement at the time as she had been severely traumatized.
Later, while receiving treatment at the hospital, she had given a statement to the Police stating that she had arrived at a place in Ampegama on February 18 at the request of a person who had been identified through a mobile phone conversation.
The person whom she had come in contact with had snatched her identity card and mobile phone, damaged them, hit her with a bottle, kicked her in the chest and then she fell into the mine.
A group of officers including Baddegama OIC Prabath Deshabandu, Sub Inspectors Prasanna and Gamini and PS Sampath Kumara has been detailed to carry out investigations into the incident on the instructions of Galle DIG Nuwan Wedasinghe and Elpitiya SSP Y.L.Leelawansa.