Did HQI commit suicide due to PSTD?

By Madura Ranwala

HQI of the Elpitiya police, Chief Inspector B. D. L. L. Budagoda, committed suicide on Thursday night by shooting himself inside his official residence. The reason for him to commit suicide was still a mystery as the officer had not shown any signs of being troubled by problems, personal or official, police said.

Police spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody said that the incident occurred around 9.35 p.m. in the presence of his wife and three daughters aged 12, 10, 08 in the living room.

He said that the officer’s wife and children were in a state of shock and unable to reveal the reason for suicide.

Sources said that the HQI of Elpitiya, was to be promoted to the rank of ASP next year. He was a well built six-footer who had served with the police commandos before joining the normal police service.

He had been working in the police for about 20 years and according to his track record he had been a respected officer, sources added.

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