Police foil Rs. 100 mn extortion from Dambulla temple | Daily News

Police foil Rs. 100 mn extortion from Dambulla temple

Three suspects remanded

Police have foiled an attempt by some Sinhalese to masquerade as a Muslim group and extort Rs. 100 million from the historic Dambulla Raja Maha Vihara.

The Police on Saturday arrested three suspects for demanding Rs.100 million as ransom from the Dambulla Raja Maha Viharadhipathi Ven. Ambagahawewa Rahula Thera, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

The Dambulla Police had received a complaint that a group calling themselves the ‘Jamaath’ organization had telephoned the monk and threatened him, demanding the ransom be paid by May 20th.

The police had carried out extensive investigations and reported the findings to the court and on June 8 the three suspects involved in the incident had been arrested together with the mobile phones used in the extortion racket. According to the Police Spokesman, the three suspects are Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Welegedara Athula Jayashantha Dissanayake, a 25-year-old resident of Pothana, Kimbissa, Guruge Pahuregedara Chanaka Prasanna Karunaratne, a 19-year-old resident of Ratmalkatuwa, Inamaluwa and Namal Koralalage Mahindu Gunaratne, a 34-year-old from Dambulla.

The three suspects were produced before the Dambulla Magistrate’s Court yesterday and remanded till June 19, while further investigations are being carried out by the Dambulla Police. 


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