Two unarmed traffic constables attached to Kurunegala police station were abducted, while they were on duty, by unidentified armed men, who arrived in a white van in the early hours of yesterday at Barawedapola junction in the Kurunegala town and one of them was shot dead about two kilometres away near a jungle.
The deceased had received two gun shot injuries to his back. He was lying fully naked on the ground. The abductors had stripped them naked.
The other constable had survived by hanging on to the T-56 assault rifle that shot dead his fellow constable and pulling out its magazine.
After killing the one constable, the abductors targeted the escaped constable who was at the time in the vehicle fully naked in a state of shock. He lunged at the T-56 assault rifle and had escaped from the assailants grabbing its magazine into the wood in the dark.
Addressing a media briefing over the shocking incident police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the deceased, Chandana Sampath Bandara (42) of Aragama, Gokarella and escapee, Ajith Weerasooriya (37) of Dewagiripura, Galgamuwa had been deployed by the Kurunegala police for traffic duty in the town from 10.00 p.m. the previous day until yesterday morning and they were abducted when they attempted to check a vehicle around 1.00 a.m.
One million rupee reward would be given to the provider of correct information leading to the arrest of the assailants, he said. The public are requested use the mobile phone number 077-4784648 to provide any information.
The SSP said a high level investigation had already been started by the Criminal Investigation Department on the instructions of Inspector General of Police, N. K. Illangakoon.
The SSP said: “CID Director, too, has gone to Kurunegala with a team to investigate the incident. The deceased Chandana was father of two children, 13-year-old daughter, Saduni Navodya Yapa and ten-year-old son, Samidu Umanda Yapa. He had won 53 rewards for his skills at Minneriya, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Iginiyagala, Vavuniya, Chilaw, Mundalama, Mannar and Kurunegala police stations during his 22 year-service after joining the Police Department on March 5, 1992. He had won a reward from the IGP as well. His wife Udeni Anoma Rathnayaka identified the body. Constable Weerasooriya is being treated at the Kurunegala hospital.”