Written by Tharushan Fernando
15 May, 2016 | 9:41 pm
The youth who was abducted for a ransom of Rs.20 million in Wariyapola was found abandoned near a clock tower in Nikaweratiya early Sunday morning.
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping.
The young man was kidnapped on 3rd Lane, Malwatte Road, on the way home from the shop at the Wariyapola town belonging to his father, at around 8.10 on Thursday night. The kidnappers had abducted the youth travelling home on a motorcycle, 50 metres away from his residence.
The police deployed five teams to conduct investigations in search of the suspects. In the meantime, the kidnappers had demanded that the ransom be brought to the Maha-Keliya bus stop on Friday. Although the youth’s parents arrived at the location accompanied by the police, the kidnappers did not turn up.
On Saturday afternoon, the kidnappers had contacted the youth’s brother asking for the ransom.The kidnappers had however contacted the youth’s father again, Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, on Saturday evening, police apprehended two of the suspected kidnappers and seized the vehicle used in the alleged kidnapping. One of the suspects is an engineering graduate from the Moratuwa University. Investigations have revealed that he had incurred major losses through involvement in a pyramid scheme.
Following news of the capture of two of the kidnappers coming to light, the other kidnappers had abandoned the youth at the depot junction in Nikaweratiya early Sunday morning. The suspect who was in shock when taken into protective custody by the police, was admitted to the Kurunegala Hospital.
Police said that the youth had been beaten and that the kidnappers had stuck tape on his face and eyelids.
After receiving treatment, the youth was brought to Wariyapola to record a statement. Police are continuing the hunt for four suspects including the leader of the kidnapping ring.
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