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 Post Posted: Mon May 16, 2005 5:01 pm 
Businessman, wife and friend shot dead

DM / 16MAY2005
By Srinath Prasanna Jayasuriya and Pushpakumara Jayaratne

The younger brother of a UNP member of the Wayamba Provincial Council, his wife and a family friend were shot dead by an armed gang at his house at Kotiyapola in Mawathagama, police said yesterday.

The victim Dhananjaya Ekanayake, a vehicle importer was the youngest brother of Wayamba Provincial Councillor Kumari Ekanayake.

Police said the armed gang had stormed the house on Saturday night and shot at the victims who were engaged in a conversation. The gang had shot dead Dhananjaya Ekanayake and his businessman friend M.K. Karunatillake. They had later shot dead Mr. Ekanayale's teacher wife Priyanka as she came to the verandah on hearing the sound of gun shots.

Another family friend Lesly Manamperi who was also there at the time also received gunshot injuries and was admitted to the Kurunegala hospital from where he was transferred to Colombo.

The terrified three children of the couple had run to an adjoining house on hearing the sound of the gun shots.

Police said a former reserve police sub inspector had been arrested for questioning over the incident while two more are also to be arrested soon.

A top level police team are investigating the killings and the motive for the killing was not known yet.


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