A monk in Moratuwa was stabbed to death during the late hours of tonight, reports from the area quoted the police as saying.
The victim was identified as the Venerable Metiyakanda Wimalawansa, a monk attached to a Temple in Egoda Uyana Moratuwa.
Investigations revealed that the murder was over a land dispute involving two men.
Both suspects had been living illegally on land belonging to the Temple and this had led to a dispute with the monk.
The monk had lodged a complaint with the Moratuwa police today regarding the land and this may have angered the two suspects who had eventually killed the monk.
The police said that the suspects had fled the area and a search operation was underway. (Colombo Gazette)