Jan 22, 2019

Dy. Chairman of Puttalam PS arrested

The Deputy Chairman of Puttalam Pradeshiya Sabha had been arrested by the Mundalama Police on January 21.

The police said that the Deputy Chairman was arrested over the death of a person falling into a dangerous hole on a road under construction. The victim is 32-year-old Warnakulasooriya Nilantha Fernando, a resident of Madurankuliya, Suhadagama.

The road from Sembattai to Velasiya, which belongs to the Puttalam Pradeshiya Sabha, is currently under construction and a large pit has been dug out to build a culvert on the road, but no warning sign has been placed to indicate the danger.

A person, walking down the road under construction, had fallen into this dangerous pit on 20th night and sustained critical injuries. He had been receiving treatment at the Puttalam Base Hospital and succumbed to injuries yesterday (22).

Preliminary police investigations have found that the construction contract for this road had been awarded to the Deputy Chairman of Puttalam Pradeshiya Sabha.

The police said that although it is mandatory to display warning signs on such roads under construction, the Deputy Chairman had neglected to put up warning signs indicating the ongoing construction process of the road.

The suspect is to be produced before the Puttalam Magistrate’s Court and further investigations are being carried out by the Mundalama.