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The arrest of a retired doctor in connection with the hand grenade which was recently found at the All Saints’ Church in Borella could be aimed at arresting a popular social media activist, it is reported.

According to the police, lengthy interrogations into the 65-year-old suspect who was apprehended in the Panamura area in Embilipitiya had led the investigators to the arrest of this retired medical officer.

The retired medical officer who was taken into custody in Piliyandala by the Crimes Investigation Unit of the Colombo South Division is also the father of the social media activist.

The suspect, who previously served as a doctor of the Piliyandala District Hospital, had later run a private medical clinic in the proximity of the hospital while the other suspect in question has once served as the security guard of this medical clinic, the 'Aruna' newspaper reported.

Police said that the suspect had revealed during interrogations that the doctor had provided the necessary funds to purchase the hand grenade.

It has been revealed that the hand grenade discovered inside a prominent private hospital in Narahenpita was also planted by this retired doctor, however, he is slated to be interrogated at length to confirm this charge, the police added.