Written by Zulfick Farzan
11 Mar, 2021 | 6:14 pm
Colombo (News 1st); News 1st is in possession of CCTV footage of the car which was found burnt in Kohuwala on Thursday (11), moments before it went up in flames.
DNA tests are to be carried out to determine the identity of the businessman who was found charred to death inside a burnt car in Kohuwala on Wednesday (10) night, said Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana.
“It is believed that the deceased is Nassar Mohamed, a resident of Bathiya Mawatha in Kohuwala and the DNA test will be carried out to confirm if it is actually, he who died from the incident,” said the Deputy Police Chief adding the magisterial inquiry was carried out on Thursday (11) with the Government Analyst and Judicial Medical Officer present at the crime scene.
An order with respect to the DNA tests was obtained from the Mount Lavinia Magistrate and it was forwarded to the Judicial Medical Officer, he said adding samples from the victim’s mother and the victim will be sent to the Government Analyst for tests.
Further, a PCR test will also be carried out on the charred remains, he added.
The Government Analyst is to release details on how the incident would have taken place, he added.
Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana speaking to News 1st said statements were recorded from 06 people with regard to the incident while 02 special police teams are conducting investigations.
Further, Sri Lanka Police secured the CCTV footage of the area in which the incident took place for investigations, he said.
The victim had visited a certain establishment for dinner on Wednesday (10) night and then visited the location where the incident had taken place, said the Police Spokesperson adding investigations are taking place on circumstantial and scientific evidence.
According to reports, the deceased had left his workplace with an employee for dinner in Mount Lavinia and returned to Kohuwala.
During the return trip, the car was driven by the employee and he had reportedly got off at the land which leads to the site where the car was found in flames, reported eye-witnesses.
The victim had said he was going to his Pandura residence, however, according to CCTV footage from the area, he had returned 10 minutes later and had proceeded a few meters down the lane where his workplace is located at.
It is also reported that a can of petrol was in the back of the car, which was found burnt.
Detectives will conduct investigations to determine the exact identity of the victim using DNA tests as well as to confirm if the death was the result of a crime or other reason, said the Police Spokesperson.
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