At the inquest on the deaths of two undergraduates of Moratuwa University who were drowned while bathing in Badureliya Makeliella, the inquirer-into-sudden-deaths, Badureliya M.P.A. Gunasekera warned young men and women to be extremely careful in bathing at risky places unfamiliar to them.
The inquest was held on the death of two engineering students of Moratuwa University, Chamila Desapriya Jayalath (25) of Pokunuwita, Horana and Yatawara Ridma Ransumal (28) of Haltota, Thuththiripitiya. A batch of thirty-seven present and former students of Moratuwa University Engineering Faculty had gone on a recreational tour to Badureliya, Makeliella Saturday. They had first gone to Athweltotaella, but since the water was rough there they had gone to Makeliella instead. A participant at the get-together, Kelum Thusara giving evidence at the inquest said that since the girls were bathing by the side of the falls they got on to the other side and while they were walking Ransumal had slipped and fallen. Chamila jumped into the water to save his friend, but both were drowned.
?Having heard our screams, others too rushed to the place, followed by police and army officials. All attempts made to recover the bodies failed until they were finally brought to the surface by navy officials on Monday` Thusara said. Judicial Medical Officer of Badureliya hospital, Palith Kapparatota who conducted the post-mortem inquiry reported that the deaths had been caused due to asphyxia from drowning. The inquirer-into-sudden-deaths returned verdicts of deaths due to drowning. Under the direction of ASP Matugama, Priyalal Dasanayake, inquiries were conducted by OIC Badureliya police, Nalin Hettiarachchi and SI Kahatadeniya.