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A woman dies after falling off the CID building

A 46-year-old woman had died after falling off the 5th floor of the building housing the Criminal Investigations Department. Police say she committed suicide by jumping out of a window of a toilet located on the fifth floor of the building.

The body of the deceased, Rajapaksa Mudiyanselage Apsara Menike Rajapaksa, (46) is being held at the Colombo National Hospital morgue.

Police Spokesperson Attorney-at-Law SSP Nihal Thalduwa said the suspect had jumped off the building at around 4:00 AM today.

The Criminal Investigations Department had arrested the 46-year-old woman yesterday over a financial fraud worth Rs. 68.3 million. It was reported that this fraud has taken place by setting up a lending society and obtaining loans from banks and lending again through the society.

She is a resident of Sedagala Namal Uyana, Pannipitiya.

According to police, the woman was in the custody of the Special Investigation Division 01 of the CID.

This is the first time in the history of the CID that a woman has died like this.

The first black mark on such an incident in the history of the CID was the death of A.V. Podiappuhamy, who was arrested in Ratnapura on April 15, 1966, after he fell from the fourth floor and died. Known as Dodampe Mudalali, he was arrested by the CID as a suspect in the 1966 anti-government military coup.

Police said the death was a suicide. But other opinions at the time suggested that he had been pushed from the 4th floor. Even today, there are differing views on the matter.

With that death, a heated debate arose in society about the 4th floor.

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