A suspect arrested by the Matugama Police has died suddenly.
The deceased has been identified as Vidanage, Bellanagama Dhanuka Saliya, (40) who lives in No. 49, Yatadola.
The suspect was arrested by the Matugama Police yesterday (22) in connection with a kassippu charge and fell ill.
He was rushed to the Wettewa Government Hospital in Matugama due to mucus coming out of his mouth, but he had already died, hospital sources said.
The body has been sent to the Nagoda Hospital, Kalutara for an autopsy.
Eight suspects have died in police custody during the past eight months of this year.