Dec 01, Colombo: A suspect in the killing of two police constables in Vavunathivu, Batticaloa has been arrested by the Kilinochchi police today (30), in Kilinochchi, Police Media Spokesperson said.
The arrested suspect identified as 48 year old Rasanayagam Sarvanandam is a resident of Wattakachchi, Kilinochchi.
Two police constables attached to Vavunathivu Police Station had been killed in execution style in pre-dawn hours of Friday when they were on duty at a checkpoint in Vavunathivu. Their bodies were discovered by two other police officers when they went to relieve the murdered officers.
Sri Lanka Police chief, Inspector General Pujith Jayasundara, led a team of detectives to Vavunathivu yesterday to look into the progress of the investigations and provide advice.
The team, which included Director of Crimes Investigation Department (CID) Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ravi Seneviratne, and the Director of the Police Legal Department, Ruwan Gunasekara met with police chiefs in Batticaloa area to discuss the investigation.
IGP Pujith Jayasundera has handed over the investigation to the CID officers this afternoon. In addition to the CID, several other police teams carried out investigations into the killing.
The bodies of the two police officers bore gunshot wounds and cut wounds. Investigations have revealed that a T-56 weapon was used for shooting.
One of the deceased policemen was identified as 35-year-old police constable Niroshan Indika Prasanna, a father of one, who was a resident of Udugama, Galle.
The other constable has been identified as 28-year-old named Ganesh Dinesh, a resident of Periyanilawanai area of Kalmunai.
The bodies of the deceased police constables were taken to their homes this morning.
The IGP has posthumously promoted the two constables to the rank of Sergeant.