Welikada police Saturday night shot dead a person who was alleged to have demanded a Rs 2 million ransom from a wealthy businessman living at Rajagiriya.
Police identified the slain person as K. Pradeep Prasanna, a resident of Homagama. A police squad had fired at the suspect as he tried to flee after meeting the businessman at an isolated point at Mattegoda.
Police claimed that the suspect had flung a hand grenade at the police party before he was gunned down. The suspect had threatened to kill the businessman`s two children unless he paid Rs 2 million.