An unidentified gang on Monday chopped three persons to death ? an elderly father (65) and his two sons,Chaminda (35) and Upali (30)- at Diyalape in the Akuressa police area.
Southern Province DIG Jayantha Gamage said that two suspects were taken into custody. According to him, the killings followed an acid attack on the suspects` family over a long standing dispute over the seizing of a child belonging to the victims` family. The child had been handed over to a shop owner at Moratuwa. After failing to secure the child`s release, they had carried out an acid attack on the family which abducted the child. Police said that Monday`s attack was mounted to avenge the acid attack.