CID takes over Atulugama child murder case


The CID has taken over the investigation into the death of 9-year-old Fatima Ayesha in Atulugama.

Police spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said investigations have been turned over to the Homicide and Organised Crime Investigation Division of the CID.

Ayesha’s body was discovered in a marshland near her home on 28 May after she was reported missing from the Atulugama area in Bandaragama since the morning of 27 May.

Bandaragama Police, Panadura Police Crimes Investigation Division, and intelligence officers launched joint investigations into the girl’s disappearance, with four police teams.

Her body was discovered in an area with no CCTV cameras.

Her parents had filed a complaint with the Police because the girl, who had gone to a nearby shop around 10 a.m., had not returned. Because some CCTV footage showed the girl leaving the shop, Bandaragama Police and the Crimes Investigation Division of Panadura Police launched a search party with some locals.

The father of the victim had also been questioned by the Police earlier.

When Ceylon Today contacted Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority, Udaya Kumara Amarasinghe, he said, “We have been advising the Police since the moment we learned about the tragedy. The Police are conducting thorough investigations. We are keeping an eye on things. Under the supervision of a Superintendent of Police, three Police teams are investigating the incident. The Magistrate examined the girl’s body, but we cannot reach a conclusion until the post-mortem is performed,” he added.

The Police Spokesperson noted that they believe evidence have been destroyed due to various reasons.The post-mortem will be conducted today (30).

Meanwhile in a tweet, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressed his condolences and sympathies to Ayesha’s family.

“I pledge to expedite swift action and justice to her family for this vicious crime,” he said.

By Sahan Tennekoon