An individual who had attempted to break into a residence in the Mulleriyawa Police Division has died after being assaulted by area residents.
Police said three persons had arrived at a house in Maligagodella, Mulleriyawa last evening and threatened the residents and attempted to steal their property and money.
Police said two of the suspects fled on a motorbike when area residents arrived, and the remaining suspect was caught by the neighbours.
The relevant individual was then assaulted by the area residents, and he reportedly died upon admission to the Colombo National Hospital.
The deceased has not been identified thus far while his remains have been placed in the National Hospital morgue.
Further investigations are being conducted by the Mulleriyawa Police.