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Businessman Dinesh Schaffter dies after assault

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Director of the Janashakthi Group – Dinesh Schaffter, who was found tied inside his vehicle at the Borella Cemetery earlier today (15), has passed away.

He had passed away while being treated at the ICU of the Colombo National Hospital.

According an earlier report on the ‘Ada’ newspaper, Mr. Schaffter had left his house telling his wife that he was to meet someone over a loan amounting to several millions of rupees.

Police say that his wife had called him shortly to find her husband’s phone was switched off and his wife’s mobile phone had received signals indicating that he was at the Borella cemetery.

Acting immediately, the wife had contacted an executive officer of the company and sent him to the Borella cemetery. Upon arriving at the cemetery, the executive had  Mr. Schaffter on the car seat with his hands tied and a cord around his neck.

The executive officer had acted immediately with the help of a worker at the cemetery, removed the hands and the cord around the chairman’s neck and took steps to admit him to the Colombo National Hospital.

The police say that a cemetery worker had seen an unknown person leaving near the chairman’s car.

According to a senior police officer, a well-known cricket commentator has taken a loan amounting to several crores of rupees from Mr. Schaffter, who has made 03 complaints to the CID in this regard.

Further investigations are being conducted on the instructions of Borella Police Station Chief Inspector A.J.M.R. Samarasinghe.

(Source / Pics : Ada)

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Dasun Shanaka denies political involvement

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Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka insisted that he has no links to any political party in the country.

In a Twitter message, Shanaka said that he has noticed his image being circulated in a political party propaganda.

“I’ve noticed my image circulating in a political party propaganda. I have no inclination with any party or ever have participated as an ambassador. My one true love and passion is playing cricket for my country,” he tweeted.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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