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Man torches antique shops, takes his own life

Man torches antique shops, takes his own life

2012 Dec 13

By Madura Ranwala
A 35-year-old metal polisher committed suicide, in the early hours of yesterday, after setting fire to two antique shops and two hardware stores, adjoining each other, at the D. S. Senanayake Street in Kandy.

Police spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody told The Island that the man, Periyanannan Naguleshwaran of Mahakanda, Hindigala, had set ablaze one antique shop due to a personal dispute with its owner. The incident had taken place around 3.30 a.m., he said.

Kandy police sources told The Island that after following a trail of blood, they had come across the body of the man about one kilometre from the scene of arson attack.

According to the police, there was a parcel of stolen items near the body and one of his hands bore cut injuries from broken glass.

Police believed that the suspect had committed suicide by swallowing a poisonous substance, as the people had identified him when he fled the scene, the SSP said.

The suspect had been polishing antiques in the shops he destroyed yesterday for a few years and recently asked for a loan from the owner of one of the shops, but in vain. Sources said that there had been a blast inside the shops before the fire started spreading.

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