The 38-year-old father of three, a resident of Welipotha area in Panamure, was arrested based on a complaint filed by his wife over a personal dispute.
It was later reported that he had hanged himself inside the police cell and that he died on admission to the hospital.
However, the residents of the area, who were up in arms about the said incident, alleged that the deceased was subjected to assault while in custody. A tense situation ensued in front of the Panamure police station this morning. – ada derana