A total of seven police officers, including two subinspectors, two police sergeants, two constables and a police driver have been arrested over the abduction and murder of two businessmen from Rathgama in January. A forest ranger from Walasmulla forest reserve has also been arrested in connection with the murders.
The two victims, 33-year-old Manjula Asela and 31-year-old Rasen Chinthaka, both businessmen from Rathna Udagama, Boosa were abducted on January 23 by two unknown men who eye witnesses described as wearing police uniform.
The pair were later murdered and their bodies burnt at the Kanumuldeniya-Megdagamgoda Forest Reserve in Walasmulla. Bone and teeth fragments were discovered at the site.