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President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks with main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during the opening of the Conference of Asian Political Parties in Colombo yesterday (19). The meeting aims at solidarity among Asian political parties. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA
Man who allegedly raped and killed small girl drowns
A suspect arrested on Thursday for raping and killing an eight-year-old girl, Sujani Asanthi, in Akmeemana on Wednesday (17), drowned in a stream called Madola the same night when he was taken to retrieve the knife used to scare the victim, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.
The police had been taking the suspect, Gamini Kumara Samaraweera (28) to recover the weapon and a pair of shorts he had been wearing and the rope he had used to strangle the victim when he suddenly pushed the policemen and plunged into the stream. A sergeant and a constable, too, had jumped into the water immediately and tried to save him, but in vain.