Written by Bella Dalima
06 Dec, 2013 | 7:04 pm
Eight persons who attempted to break into the home of a local councillor in Dambulla at dawn on Friday, claiming to be policemen, have been arrested.
The suspects were remanded until Monday, after being produced in court on Friday.The group had attempted to break into the home of UPFA Councillor of the Dambulla Municipal Council, Dinesh Rajapaksa at about 2:25 a.m. today.
The councillor, his wife and their two children were inside the house at the time of the attempted break in.
UPFA Councillor of Dambulla MC, Dinesh Rajapaksa said that a group came and knocked on the door claiming to be from the Mirihana Police and they shouted at them to open the door. Then they went around the back and broke down the back door to the house.
He added; “As soon as they broke down the door I called my family home and asked my younger brother to come here as soon as possible, that a group was breaking into my house. I said that they are threatening me with death. I switched the speaker phone on, They heard it and then ran away.”
Subsequently a group including the councillor had given chase.
Dinesh Rajapaksa said; “I cut across the Dambulla town and then drove down the Police Road. We accosted them in front of the police station.”
The police however, said that the group in question had come to retrieve a vehicle that the councillor had hired in Pamunuwa, Maharagama.
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