A 27-year-old man who allegedly procured children to the custodian ‘Kapuwa’ of the Mataramba Sathara Maha Devala in Unawatuna, Galle, Keerthi Kumara Bategoda who had allegedly abused underaged boys, was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on the day before yesterday (19).
The suspect who is a resident of Mal Mawatha, Ranala Road in Habarakada was arrested by the Digital Forensic Computer Laboratory officials of the CID.
The investigations revealed that the suspect had tricked the boys by giving them money.
The CID said the suspect is the agent who procures children during Kapuwa’s visits to Colombo and he had booked hotel rooms in and around Colombo on behalf of the Kapuwa.
The CID said five such hotels are located in the Avissawella, Rajagiriya, Piliyandala and Kesbewa areas.
The investigations have revealed that the Kapuwa had given Rs.50,000 to the arrested suspect for procuring a child and in addition, he has been paid a monthly salary as well.
The CID investigations have identified 18 children who were abused by this Kapuwa and their statements have been recorded.
In the meantime, it is reported that many more children are yet to be identified.
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