breakthrough averts communal tension
Akkaraipattu police recently acted swiftly to thwart a wave
of communal tension after the recovery of the mutilated body of
a Sinhalese worker at the Norochcholai housing scheme.
The 49-year-old worker, the only Sinhalese employed at the
project mooted by Minister Mrs. Ferial Ashraff was found killed
Investigators have quickly established that he had shared a
bottle of arrack with three other workers the previous day.
"Once we identified them, we took them into custody. Under
interrogation, they confessed to the attack on the man," a
senior police official said.
There had been an argument and one of the suspects had
attacked him with a mammoty before cutting his legs, he said.
The victim and the suspects had been drunk at the time of the
incident. At one point the incident assumed a communal tone but
swift investigation by Akkaraipattu police resulted in a quick
breakthrough, he said.