An 84-year-old Buddhist monk was found dead in his temple at Ihala Morawatte in Ruwanwella on Saturday (15).
OIC Ruwanwella police Sanjaya Irasinghe told The Island yesterday (17) that investigations revealed the monk, Ven. Ganegoda Janananda Thera, the chief incumbent of the Sri Wickrama Rajasingharamya, had been murdered. It was suspected that two men had broken into his temple and killed him in the process.
The monk had lived a secluded life and was known to have been practicing medicine and the occult art, the OIC said.
The monk was found fallen by the side of his bed and the postmortem examination revealed that he had died of asphyxiation. Police dogs sent on the trail of a scent of a slipper found outside the room had traced one suspect who had been arrested. His accomplices had fled the area police said.
The suspect had been charged in an earlier case for a robbery of the same temple and had been fined 1,500 rupees, the OIC said.