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2 army officers arrested over extortion

Two Sri Lankan army officers were arrested today over the attempted extortation of money from a sand mining businessman in Thanamalwila. 

The two officers reportedly asked for Rs 500,000 from the businessman. 

One of the suspects is believed to be the army captain of Weerawila camp. 

The arrest follows that of a sub inspector last week over the abduction and murder of two businessmen in Rathgama. 

The victims, 33-year-old Manjula Asela and 31-year-old Rasen Chinthaka, both from Rathna Udagama, Boosa, were murdered. Their bodies burnt at the Kanumuldeniya-Megdagamgoda Forest Reserve in Walasmulla. Bone and teeth fragments have been discussed at the site.