The gunning down of a trader at the Manning market yesterday (21), has been linked to the underworld.
The victim is a mango trader and a resident of the Ja-ela area, named Samantha Pushpakumara (42) also known as ‘Amba Chana’.
Police investigations have revealed that the murder was orchestrated by ‘Danuka’ of the Keselwatta underworld, who has currently fled to India and who is currently leading the underworld circle in Keselwatta after the demise of ‘Keselwatta Dinuka’ last year.
The victim had resided in the Keselwatta area several years back and had even been arrested by police for several charges such as possessing firearms and drug dealings.
There have been several previous attempts on his life and police say that he had changed his home on several counts because of this.
Further investigations are underway.