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Abducted businessman found

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A textiles businessman from the Horana area, who was abducted over the sale of a gemstone, has been found.

The businessman’s captors had urged his wife for an extortion of Rs. 3.5 million in exchange for his release.

However, the timely and smooth intervention of police had managed not only to find the captured businessman but also to nab his captors.

The businessman had apparently sold a gemstone for Rs. 01 million to a buyer through a broker in Maharagama. The deal had been finalised at a roadside in the Piliyandala area. However, a few days later, the buyer had informed the broker that the stone was fake.

The broker had arrived at the businessman’s home late one night with 03 others and urged the businessman to get into the vehicle to talk. He was then abducted and taken to a deserted area in Divulapitiya where he was held for a few days while the men had phoned his wife and threatened the businessman’s wife to give them money.

The wife had lodged a complaint with the Moragahahena police and worked with them, enabling the police to nab the captors in the Millewatta area, who were on their way to collect the extortion money.

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Arthur C. Clarke Centre announces satellite launch for next year

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The Arthur C. Clarke Centre has announced plans to launch a satellite next year. 

Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit at Colombo University’s Physics Department and Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, emphasized the need for further infrastructure development to educate schoolchildren on satellite technology.

He made these remarks during a program focused on teaching students about satellite technology.

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Suspect in burglary of Sachithra Senanayake’s house arrested

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Police have apprehended a suspect involved in the burglary of former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake’s house in the Kalalgoda area of Thalangama. 

The burglary occurred on the night of June 22, 2024.

The suspect, a 34-year-old resident of Thalangama, was identified through CCTV footage. 

Police recovered the stolen items, including a laptop, two tablet PCs, five expensive watches, four valuable bracelets, two rings, and Rs 10,000 in cash, from the suspect’s house. 

The motorcycle used in the theft has also been seized.

The suspect, who has a history of criminal activity and was recently released on bail after serving time for multiple burglaries in Kottawa, Thalangama, and Maharagama, will be produced before Homagama Court. 

Kottawa Police are conducting further investigations.

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle involved in highway accident

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle was involved in an accident near the Galanigama interchange on the Southern Expressway. 

The former minister was not injured, but another passenger in the car sustained injuries.

Kalutara-South Police and Highway Police are conducting further investigations into the incident.

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