Apr 06, Colombo: An Indian national who was in remand custody on suspicion of damaging Buddha statues in the Kuliyapitiya area had died while being taken to the Wariyapola Hospital.
A prison spokesman said the remand prisoner was taken to the Wariyapola Hospital after suffering from shortness of breath while in custody at the Wariyapola Prison last night (5) and he had died on the way.
The deceased has been identified as Dilip Kumar, 47, an Indian national.
His body is currently being kept at the Wariyapola Hospital morgue according to security procedures. The body will be taken to the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital for postmortem examination, the prison official said.
The Kuliyapitiya Police arrested the suspect last month on charges of demolishing the heads of some Buddha statues in a shrine in the Rathmalewatta area.