A 55 year old businessman who was known to be a high profile money lender in Kotahena had been abducted this morning resulting in protests in the area, the police said.
The incident had taken place in the Jampatah Lane when the victim known as ‘Christopher’ was abducted by an unidentified gang who came in a van, police media spokesman Ajith Rohana said.
A protest was held in Kotahena with the participation of more than 300 people in the area, the police said.
The protest lasted for several hours and they were peacefully dispersed after the police promised that the victims whereabouts will be uncovered along with the suspects.
Reason behind the abduction is yet to be established and according to residents of the area the victim who is well known in the area had not committed any crime.
Also the family members had not got any calls asking for ransom. The family members of the abducted have lodged a complaint with the Kotahena police.
In the recent past abductions were reported in Warakapola, Kelaniya, Dematagoda and Ragama, SP Rohana said. (Supun Dias)