Gokerella police is of the view that there is some mystery over the killing of 25 year old female clerk of the Ibbagamuwa Yakalla Filling station Hemantha Ratnayake who had taken Rs. 1.2 million cash and cheques to be deposited in a private bank in Kurunegala.
Manager of the Filling station, Douglas Chandaratne giving evidence at the post-mortem examination has stated that the girl was taken to a Private Bank in Kurunegala in a vehicle belonging to the filling station and waited till she entered the bank and he returned.
However, the Kurunegala Private Bank has said that this girl did not deposit either cash or a cheque on that date. Gokeralla police said there is suspicion as to why the girl who went to the Bank did not deposit cash on that date. It had also been revealed that on that day about 7.30 in the night she had telephoned a sister from the vicinity of the bank and was crying.
The body of the girl was found by the police on Tuesday (20) morning on the banks of the Bathalagoda lake at Ibbagamuwa ? Pannala junction.
Police said that a youth who was friendly with the girl is wanted by them for questioning in this regard but he had disappeared from his area of residence. The victim was a resident of Talaginne, Ibbagamuwa and was working at the filling station as an accounts clerk.
At the post mortem it was declared that she has been killed by strangulation. On Monday (19) afternoon she had taken Rs. 900,000 in cash and a cheque worth Rs. 300,000 to deposit at a bank in Kurunegala in a vehicle owned by the filling station.
A hand bag and a pair of slippers have been found close to the body. Police have found a gold chain and a ring.
Police say that her face was swollen when they found the body.Kurunegala additional Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne who visited the scene of the crime, examined the body and ordered it to be sent to the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital for the post mortem.
The Magistrate also ordered the police to hold an immediate inquiry and arrest the suspect. Kurunegala SSP Berty Gopallawa is directing inquiries.