Saturday, 19th June 2021

Rangiri Dambulla attempted extortion: Three arrested

Colombo, Jun 10 (BAN/CD): Rs. 100 million extortion from Chief Incumbent of the Rangiri Dambulla Raja Maha Viharaya and custodian of the Sri Vishnu Devalaya was attempted by three men, who are now arrested, police said.

On May 20, Chief Incumbent of the Rangiri Dambulla Raja Maha Viharaya Ven. Ambagaswewa Rahula Thera was telephoned by the suspects, who then proceeded to threaten him and demand Rs. 100 million, claiming that they were from the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ)

After a complaint was lodged with the Dambulla Police, they commenced investigations and submitted a report in the Dambulla Magistrate’s Court seeking permission to analyse telephone numbers.

A petrol bomb and three mobile phones were recovered from the suspects during their arrest.

The SIM card used to call the monk was registered to a man in Padukka, investigation revealed.

The three suspects, Prasanna Karunarathne (19, Athula Jayashantha (25) and Mihindu Gunarathne (34) were identified as residents of Inamaluwa, Kimbissa and Dambulla.

Two of the suspects were working as drivers in a temple close to Rangiri Dambulla Raja Maha Viharaya and the other one was a businessman, according to the police.

The Police said that they were remanded till June 19 after produced in the Dambulla Magistrate’s Court.

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