PS member’s death: Was it a killing due to an underworld clash?

By Pushpakumara Mallawaarachchi

Police are probing whether a dispute in the underworld led to the killing of a UPFA Pradeshiya Sabha member in the Divulapitiya Police area. The Pradeshiya Sabha member identified as Indika Dinesh Chandrasiri Silva (28) and believed to have connections with the underworld, was found dead under a bridge in Diyagampola in Kotadeniyawa.

The Pradeshiya Sabha member’s body was found under a bridge
Some of the victim’s belongings

The body was made to appear as if the cause of death was a road accident, but police probing the case believe that the man was kidnapped and killed after a brawl. The dead man is believed to be a friend of Asitha, an underworld leader who was killed while in prison.

According to police, he is also a suspect in the killing of one Dhammika’s mother whose son died in a police shooting and identified as a leader of an underworld gang in Divulapitiya. Kotadeniyawa HQI B. R. Dayaratne suspects the dead man had been killed and special teams are to investigate the matter.
Police said the dead man’s motor bicycle engine was running while his mobile phone, two empty liquor bottles and shoes were found in different places.

Police believe he was killed elsewhere and dumped here. Police were told that a white van was seen at the spot last Wednesday night. Indika Dinesh had worked as a secretary to Ms. Swarnamali Upeksha a member chosen at the last general election election. He had later won with a large number of preferential votes at Minuwangoda at the last local body elections.

A team headed by HQI D. Gammanpila is investigating the case while the magisterial inquiry was held by K. A. Ariyatilleke, Acting Magistrate, Minuwangoda. The magistrate had ordered police to have an autopsy conducted and obtain a report.

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