The Avissawela Police arrested 45-year-old Nimal Ranasinghe of Dulagalakanda, Maniyangama on suspicion over the death of his eight-year-old daughter Nirmala Ranasinghe, whose body was recovered from a two-foot deep pit near his house
The girl has been killed a month ago. On a tip off given by villagers to the Eheliyagoda Police the message was conveyed to
the Avissawella Police who immediately arrested the suspect.
According to investigations, the suspect had married a woman, a mother of two sons, who had deserted him. Subsequently he had married another woman who bore three children and the dead girl was the youngest of the three. The mother of the deceased had died two years ago. The suspect who is a liquor addict had ill treated the girl.
The body of the girl had been exhumed and the Magisterial inquiry was to held yesterday.
A Police team under the supervision of Avissawela HQI Nalin Attanayakae and Eheliyagoda OIC Kapila Premadasa is conducting investigations.