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Kahawatte In Shock As Murders Continue

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

Mother and daughter who were brutally murdered on July 19

The Kotakathena village in Kahawatte is in a state of shock following a spate of murders with two more gruesome murders reported two weeks ago.The magisterial inquiry into the murder of U.G. Premawathi (62) and H.D Pushpakumari (32), a mother and daughter, was carried out by Palmadulla Magistrate Chandani Dias last week.
Witness statements were recorded in the chambers of the Magistrate that evening.U.G. Premawathi and H.D Pushpakumari were found brutally murdered on July 19 and their house was set on fire Police media spokesman SP Ajith Rohana said that 14 murders were reported in Kahawatte from June 2008 to date.
“There have been 11 murders reported in Kahawatte of which 14 were women. All the murders were in similar fashion.
The murders were either over land, property issues or family dispute or over a relationship issue. However the murders are all not connected. They are unrelated,” he said.
However despite the assurances by the police the people living in the Kahawatte area spend their day to day lives in fear. Women in the area are terrified and have even asked their husbands who are working far away from home to come back.
In order to address the concerns of the village they setup a police post in the area with a 10 member police team.The police post was setup following the murder of two sisters Dayawathi and Thilakawathi.
However the recent murders which took place on the 19th of this month was just 100 meters away from the police post.
Premawathi is a mother of four and was staying with her daughter Pushpakumari following the death of her husband. Pushpakumari was employed at a store in Kahawatte. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana says a two member CID team and another police team are investigating the latest incident.

Murders Reported From The Kahawatte Area
Kahawatte murders 2008
Sellama Mariyani, 56
U. Ariyawathi, 52

2010
D. Baby Nona, 48
S. M. Heen Menika, 80

2011
Mudiyanselage Bandara Manike (69)
O. Karunawathi, 66
S. Jayanthi, 54

2012
P. Nayana Nilmini (52) and K. C. Selllahewa (19)
Sethuge Dayawathi (61) and Sethuge Thilakawathi (51)

1 Comment for “Kahawatte In Shock As Murders Continue”

  1. gamarala

    It is refreshing to hear of a “magisterial inquiry” after a long while.
    Usually, details of such inquiries – unlike in the old days – are not divulged.
    Even now, details of the Post Mortem reports are kept a secret.

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