Killing of planter: 19 suspects including UPFA PS chairman re-remanded

 By Madura Ranwala

 Nineteen suspects, including former UPFA Deraniyagala Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman, Anil Champika Wijesinghe, were further remanded till July 24, by Avissawella Magistrate Anushka Seneviratne, when the abduction and killing of planter Nihal Perera, was taken up on Court yesterday.

People in Deraniyagala protested last Sunday urging the police not allow the suspects to obtain bail.

Deraniyagala’s new Officer-on-Charge of Police, Inspector Prabath Deshabandu said that another four suspects, allegedly involved in the killing, were still absconding.

The victim, Noori Estate Superintendent Nihal Perera, was killed as he had fearlessly resisted attempts by the suspects to fell trees on the estate since he assumed duties some six months ago. He was abducted and hacked to death on July 5.

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