Teldeniya is in shock after a man succumbed to injuries sustained after being attacked by a group of men. The identities of the victim and his assailants have raised questions whether it was a racially motivated attack, but this has not been established, Colombo Telegraph learns.
Kumarasiri, a Sinhala resident of Ambala, Teldeniya, is alleged to have been accosted by a group of Muslim men who had followed his vehicle to Teldiniya from Kumbukkandura and then assaulted a few days ago. Allegedly, Kumarasiri had angered the group by not allowing them to overtake his vehicle.
The man was admitted to hospital and later transferred to the Kandy hospital where he succumbed to his injuries last night.
Four suspected assailants have been arrested.
It is reported that white flags have been put up all over Teldeniya town and that shops are to be closed as a mark of respect or protest.
It is not possible to ascertain whether the ethnic identity of either victim or assailants had anything to do with the murder.