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Suspect in Welikada chief jailor’s murder arrested

Ambalangoda police on Monday arrested a wanted suspect in connection of the murder of the chief jailer of the Welikada Prisons Training Section.

The Chief Jailor Merena Thilina Ruwan Thihara Jayarathna (44) was shot dead at Kuleegoda junction in Ambalangoda while he was riding a motorcycle by unidentified gunmen who approached the jailer in a motorcycle.

The suspect is a resident of Tsunami hous at Galagodawatta in Ambalangoda. Police also found a T-56 firearm, 12 bullets and an amm box hidden in a house at Thalgasgoda.

Slain jailer Jayarathna was a father of three. On the day of the crime Jayarathna had got down at the Ambalangoda railway station after work and home n his motorcycle t the stationassassins c on another motorcycle shot him dead and fled. The jailer had shifted to house at Kuleegoda about three years back when he was attached to the Galle prisons.

on October 19 when Meetiyagoda Police Crime Branch officers raided a narcotics dealing spot, the slain jailer had been there and had fled leaving his motor cycle there.

On inquiry, the jailer had told the police that he had gone to the raided spot to buy chicken and police had released him after recording his statement. However his services had been suspended following an inquiry held by the Galle prison authorities. Subsequently after about three months he had been reinstated at Welikada rison where as the Chief Jailer (Training Section) until his murder.

A special investigation is being carried out to ascertain whether prison officer had links with underworld rings and the killing was consequent to a dispute among such gangs, police said.

Amabalangoda police are conducting further investigations following instruction from Galle Division DIG Nuwan Wedasingha and Elpitiya SP Buddhi Udugamasooriya.



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