The man who died after swallowing a cyanide capsule when he was arrested in Kotmale was an LTTE cadre who had fled Kandy to evade arrest, Police said.
The deceased, Gajendran Kumar was arrested along with another LTTE cadre said to be from Mannar. They had been in Kandy but fled when the police launched a search for Gajendran Kumar to question him about the purpose of his visiting Kandy.
Police believe that he and his accomplice, now under interrogation, had been in Kandy to plan an attack on a civilian target or a VIP.
A team of NIB personnel left Colombo yesterday for Kotmale to question the other suspect.