Criminal past leads to gruesome murder:
Friend turns deadly foe
Darkness surrounded them all the while, a tiny speck of light fell
through a small orifice on the side of the roof. Hunger pangs surrounded
them from morning to night. The hard floor was their abode . It was a
five by ten rectangle of hard cement.
Making a crucial search for
They ate a ladle of rice served with some watery gravy while being
seated on this hard concrete which gave them cramps all over the body.
They were dressed alike in off white long shorts and a banian- type
Huddled together they eyed one another with suspicion but along the
way their friendship grew. They just had each other. They were inmates
of the same cell in prison. Here they built up a friendship and spoke of
their lives outside the prison walls. Now they became the best of
friends. Their friendship began in a strange place, in the prison of
Their friendship gathered momentum. They ate together, slept together
lived together as inmates under the same roof. Without regular light or
even a little breeze they were confined to the dark cell at most times
and they sought solace in each otherís company to escape the boredom and
derive courage and strength from their plight. The two of them were of
the view that they were serving a prison term for no fault of theirs and
that it was the fault of society and the system as a whole but decided
to face their lot with determination.
The two of them counted every day that passed by until the day came
when their sentence ended and they were released from prison and could
go back home.The 27-year-old Miran Kausika resided in YSS Thibmirigolla
Damana in the Amparai district. He lived with his wife Anusha Chandrika
and their only child. The child was differently- abled since birth and
could not move on his own like other children.
Miran wanted to lead a happy married life with his beloved wife and
son. They were farmers and went to the chena at the break of dawn with a
lot of expectation. Miran valued family life and did everything within
his capacity to live in harmony. What is more, he endeavored to fulfill
his duty by his wife and child in the best possible manner. However it
was difficult to keep the home fires burning and he had thought he could
solve the issue by stealing. The situation changed when Mira was charged
||The victim of
the heinous crime
He was convicted of stealing and was jailed for six months. Now that
he was in prison he wondered what fate had in store for his little child
Anura Silva who was forty five years-old and his partner in crime
hailed from Horana and was facing a prison term at the Kegalle prison
when Miran was also sentenced and came under the same roof. It did not
take long for them to build up a friendship. After six months Miranís
hope of a release was realised.
By the time, the two of them were released from jail they ended up
being the best of friends. Miran did not forget his friend Anura Silva.
He remembered how Anura supported him while he served the prison term.
Anura had a criminal past and so he could not live in his native village
as there were many threats against him and his life was in danger if he
returned to his village.
Miran invited Anura to come to his house and live with his family.
Not knowing what this relationship would entail.
Anura welcomed the invitation and was looking forward to living with
his friend. They left for Damana in the Amparai district where Miran
lived. Anura was transfixed when he saw the surroundings where massive
chenas filled with many crops could be seen on either side of the
footpath. The picturesque area filled with huge trees was a soothing
experience for Anura who had never been accustomed with such an area and
he thought to himself that this was an ideal location and was looking
forward to settling in with his friend and family.
In this backdrop Miran would not have in his wild3 they would have to
bid farewell to their beautiful village.
Anura was warmly welcomed into the household. After his arrival Anura
began to help Miran and his wife around the house and even in the chena.
To all intents and purposes he was happy among them. Anura constantly
cuddled Miranís little son and it looked as if he was fond of the little
girl. He also began avidly helping them in the chena. The chena was corn
Miran was looking for ways and means to assist Anura. He never had
doubts about him. He advised him on many occasions to turn a new leaf
and give up his old habits. Anura had lived for six months in Miranís
house. Then he built a hut on a huge tree close to Miranís house. He
selected the huge tree which was a Madan tree. Miran thought that Anura
had built the hut to escape elephant attacks which were rampant in that
area. Miran did not have any need to be suspicious of Anuraís actions.
The little child being taken care of by a neighbour
He began to help them with their daily needs. Miranís wife was a
beautiful woman with healthy, black long tresses which she usually tied
up in a chignon on the nape of her neck. Her buxom figure was a sight to
behold. She always wore low-cut jackets exposing half her bosom which
will titillate the senses of any man. But this did not cause any alarm
in Miranís mind. She was alwas clad in that manner. He took his wife for
granted and carried on as usual even though he had Anura living in the
On that fateful day Miran left for the village fair with popcorn
cleaned and ready to be sold. The pop corn was picked from the chena
which he and Anusha had so painstakingly cultivated. After selling the
popcorn he returned to his home with goods for his beloved wife and
What happened next was beyond belief. He went home and found his wife
in a pool of blood. She had been gruesomely killed with a sharp
instrument. He began to weep in front of her lifeless body.
His little daughter was unaware of what had happened to her mother
and she was staring blankly at the body of her lifeless mother. Later he
came to know that his Ďfriendí Anura had committed suicide by hanging
himself on a tree nearby.
Anura had betrayed Miranís trust and friendship and he was
devastated. He could not come to terms with what had happened to
him.Miran rushed to the police in Damana and lodged a complaint because
that was all he could do.
The Actting OIC of the Damana police IP Priyantha Bandara, OIC Crime
Saumya and a police team are conducting further investigation on
instruction of SSP Mahagedara and ASP Pavithtra Dayaratne in Ampara