Monk arrested over Chief Incumbent’s death

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An 18-year-old Buddhist Monk had been arrested over the suspicious death of the Chief Incumbent of Waththawe Nandarama Temple, Seeduwa.

The arrest was made by Police yesterday (15), at the Bandaranaike International Airport when the Monk tried to board a flight to Dubai.

A 50-year-old Ven. Medagamuwe Mahanama Thera, the Chief Incumbent, was found dead under suspicious circumstances at the temple on 14 September, when Police responded to a complaint about a foul stench coming from the temple. The Police found the body of the senior Monk bound and gagged on a bed in his room.

Police say the room had been locked from the outside and they had to break and enter to recover the body. Inquiries found that the suspect had been residing in the Temple and had left without informing anyone. However, a jeep and car parked at the temple are also reported missing.

Seeduwa Police are conducting investigations.

BY Aloka Kasturiarachchi