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Twists and turns in the case of kidnapped lottery winner rescued in Gampola

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Special Task Force (STF) and Divisional Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers in Gampola have rescued a man who was said to have won the lottery of Rs.75 million after he was kidnapped and beaten for ten days in two houses at Rathmalkaduwa in Gampola.

Four persons including a wood mill owner were arrested for kidnapping the victim Mohammad Hasim who is a resident from Akurana.

According to the information received by the STF Intelligence Division that a man is being held captive forcibly in Rathmalkaduwa, the Gampola STF officers arrived at the location and confirmed the incident.

Accordingly, Gampola Divisional CID officials were also brought to the location to rescue the victim.

Preliminary police investigations revealed that the man who was in Dambulla, was kidnapped by four people who had gone from Gampola on July 27 and then brought him to Gampola in a car.

The man has told the police that he was severely beaten by the perpetrators demanding money which was hidden.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that there is a dispute between the victim and the main suspect over financial transactions.

Police also suspect whether the man has been staying with the suspects willingly.

However, the man in question said he was forced to write a letter saying that he was willingly staying with the attackers, and that he was told by the attackers that the letter was an idea of the police.

He said that the lottery money has been given to another person to safeguard it. Police investigations revealed that the person who took the money had gone to Japan.

The victim said that he had done business with a person from Kurunegala and he also came to the house where he was being detained and forced him to sign a letter saying that he owes Rs.30 million to that person.

The perpetrators have also taken a letter from the victim saying that he owes them Rs.9 million.

The Gampola Police said that there were many problematic developments about this kidnapping.

The Gampola Divisional Crime Officers are conducting further investigations.

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Five killed, 21 injured in accident at ‘Fox Hill SuperCross’ event

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Tragedy struck at the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event in Diyatalawa, resulting in the death of five individuals and leaving 21 others injured, according to Police Media Spokesperson DIG Nihal Thalduwa.

The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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Southern province governor Willy Gamage resigns

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The Governor of the Southern Province Willy Gamage has handed over his letter of resignation effective from 02 May, 2024, to the President’s Secretary.

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5 years marked since the Easter Sunday bombings

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Today (April 21) marks 05 years since the brutal Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.

All churches across Sri Lanka will observe 02 minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (21) to remember those lost in the attacks.

Several memorial events centering the St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade and the St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya will be held.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa says that security has been beefed up to areas where memorial services are being held.

In 2019, a spate of bombings that took place across the country claimed 273 lives while injuring hundreds.

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