Kapurala’s pleasure ends in triple killings
news of the triple murder reverberated in the Dolekade junction when
people woke up on an early morning on Saturday last week. The victims of
the heinous crime were the husband, his mistress and her brother who
were stabbed to death with a pointed weapon while the trio were asleep
in their residence at Elias Mawatha at Pannipitiya, police said. An
eerie silence hung about the partly built upstairs house where the
gruesome killing was committed. People in the neighbourhood flocked to
the house curious to know what happened on the previous night. The
triple killings were reported to the Homagama police by a relative who
called at the house in the morning. Someone else had phoned him and
informed about the tragedy, police said.
the following morning several policemen from the Homagama police station
including the Headquarters Inspector of the Homagama police station,
Chief Inspector Prasanna Ratnayake were present at the scene of crime.
Ostensibly, they were looking for vital clues surrounding the mysterious
triple killings. By then the house had been cordoned off as it could
jeopardise the on going investigation. Policemen were seen collecting
blood samples and other productions for solving the crime. The assassin
had escaped after committing the crime without being noticed by anyone
in the neighbourhood, police said.
The deceased were identified as Anura Tilak Alvitigala (44) who was
the former Chief Custodian (Kapurala) of the Rankadu Pathini Devale in
the Kaduwela area. The other victims were identified as his mistress
Mahayage Sudharsani (38) and her brother Mahayage Dilantha Ratnaweera
(36). Their blood soaked bodies were discovered inside the house when
the police visited the scene. The kapurala and his mistress had been
stabbed with a pointed weapon several times and their brother Ratnaweera
had 28 stab injuries on his body. According to police the Kapurala and
his mistress were stabbed while they were asleep in their room. The
assassins had entered the compound by scaling a wall which was put up
adjacent to an abandoned land. Thereafter, they had gained entrance to
the house from the rear door.
The second group of assassins also had entered the brother’s room and
had fought with him ferociously before he was stabbed to death. “The
brother also may have inflicted injuries on the assassins before he went
down”, police said. It was also revealed that Alvitigla had several
enemies when he was the Chief Kapuwa at the Rankadu Dewalaya at Kaduwela.
Apparently, he left the Rankadu Devalaya owing to some disputes he had
with other Kapuralas. A week prior to the killing, a youth, who was a
drug addict had called over at his Dewalaya at Pannipitiya and demanded
money from him.
However, when the Kapurala he did not accede to his demand he had
left after threatening him. On another occasion the Kapurala is alleged
to have broken a limb of a Provincial Council member following a
dispute. The police have questioned the PC member regarding the
incident. The police have questioned several people at the Rankadu
Pathini Devale in this connection Alwitigala had served as the Chief
Kapurala for more than a decade and he is alleged have squandered large
sums of money from the Rankadu Pathini Devale. Recently the Kapurala is
alleged to have assaulted some people at a bar following a dispute,
police said. “We have deployed three police teams to track down the
killers.” SSP Nugegoda Division Deshabandu Tennakoon said. A team from
the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have also been deployed to
hunt down the killers, police said.
It was revealed that Alvitigala was a married man who lived at
Bhrakmanagagama, Pannipitiya with his wife and child. His mother, a
brother and a sister also lived at their residence. Alvitigala served as
the chief custodian of the Rankadu Pathini Devale for several years.
After relinquishing duties at the Rankadu Pathini Dewalaya, he built a
new Devale at Bhrakmanagama, Pannipitiya and resided there. He cohabited
with Mahayage Sudarshani for several years. He had met her while he was
the chief custodian of the Devale at Kaduwela. Sudarshani used to visit
the Devale often to pay homage to god and the relationship with the
kapurala blossomed into a full blown love affair. She finally became his
mistress and went to live with him at Elias place at Madulgoda.
Alvitigala was in the habit of visiting his mistress at Eliyas place
under the cover of darkness. However people in the village were aware of
their relationship. Sudarshani too had been married earlier to a man
from Avisswella who was killed sometime ago. She had a grown up daughter
from that marriage. Although the motive for the killing was not clear,
it appeared as vengeance killing, police said. “Elvitigala has had
several adversaries in the past. He was also an accused in a murder case
which is being heard in the High Courts of Avissawella. Although he is
released on bail, he has to report to the Homagama police station every
week.” Police are investigating whether Elvitigala was killed because he
could not share the spoils with others at the Rankadu Devalaya. A large
amount of cash and jewellery which were at the mistress’s house have
been taken away by the assassins.
The Police and the CID are making further inquiries.