Written by Staff Writer
18 Feb, 2020 | 9:40 pm
Colombo (News 1st): The Peliyagoda police has launched an investigation into the disappearance of the police officer bearing the number 14535. He was attached to the Kadawatha police station.
Police driver Jayantha Rajapaksa reported working for the last time on Sunday (Feb 16). He had left the station after his shift had ended. Police stated that this police officer had maintained an illicit affair with a woman involved in smuggling drugs over the past 3 years and added that the woman’s husband is currently in jail over the same charges. The woman’s sons are also involved in smuggling drugs.
On that day this woman had contacted the police officer over the phone and informed him that her sons were assaulting her as they opposed the illicit relationship she had with the police officer. The police officer had later visited the house of a neighbour of the woman and left the area along with the woman.
They had travelled to an inn located in Kiribathgoda. After arriving at the inn the woman had contacted her neighbour and asked them to bring her some food. The neighbors had come close to the inn and asked the police officer to come close to the road.
They did not want to enter the inn, as there was a risk that the woman’s sons might be able to locate her. Thereby the most important piece of evidence on the whereabouts of Jayantha Rajapaksa was found in the CCTV footage captured close to the Lumbini Mawatha, 200m away from the inn they were lodging at.
The footage showed a man accepting an item from a motorcyclist last morning. The CCTV camera also captures footage of a group arriving in the three-wheeler, assaulting a man and taking him away in the same three-wheeler.
The discovery of Jayantha Rajapaksa’s cell phone at the location confirmed to the police that the person assaulted was the missing police officer.
Investigations conducted by the Peliyagoda police revealed that the three-wheeler spotted in the CCTV footage had travelled to Pannala and that it was driven to the house of the younger son of the woman, lodging at the Inn with the missing police officer.
The woman’s 15-year-old younger son had said that when he saw the police officer, he was alive and added that he noticed bruises on his hands as well. A relative of the woman at the Inn had previously threatened her, saying that the police officer will be taken to the Kankanimulla Reserve and murdered.
Thereby the police investigations began this morning from the Kankanimulla Reserve in Pannala. Police used a K9 unit to conduct investigations at the reserve. Police had discovered bloodstains in the forest.
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