The pall of fear hanging for years over the residents of Meetiyagoda and surrounding areas in the south by a vicious gang of bootleggers could at
last be lifting.
The climax of this reign of terror was observed last Sunday when a well-known businessman and his wife, Malliyawadu Sunil Shantha and Mahadura Priyanganie – parents of three children – were murdered in a hut they had been using to distill cinnamon oil.
Behind this double murder lies a grotesque tale.
The gang is allegedly headed by Mahadura Nalin Wasantha, and comprises certain members of his close family.