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* Police commence investigations into national cricketer's father's death
Sat, May 26, 2018, 12:07 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have commenced investigations into the killing of Sri Lankan cricketer Dananjaya de Silva's father.

Four police teams have been deployed to investigate Thursday's shooting death of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Urban Council member Ranjan de Silva.

Initial investigations have revealed that an unidentified group who had arrived in a van had shot at him using a T56 assault rifles. Police say that there were 10 gunshot wounds on the victim's body.

Ranjan de Silva, was elected to Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Urban Council from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) at the last local government election in February.

The police said at the time of the shooting he was engaged in a conversation with few friends at the Gnanendra road in Ratmalana. Urban councilor K. Ranjan de Silva was 62 years old at the time of his death

Two others who were injured in the shooting are currently receiving treatment at the Kalubovila teaching Hospital. Their condition is not life threatening, the police say.

The Police said investigations are being continued using the CCTV footage at the scene at the time of the assassination.

Dhananjaya, who was set to leave for West Indies for a three match test series with the team today evening (25th May, 2018) has withdrawn from the tour.


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