The 28-year-old man, who had allegedly kidnapped a two-year-old baby boy in Gampola yesterday, had demanded a ransom of Rs. 3 million from the family of the child, the Police said today.
They said the suspect has been identified as a relative of the child.
The Gampola Police had commenced an investigation after the mother of the child lodged a complaint stating that her baby was kidnapped on Wednesday.
According to the complaint, the woman had allowed the suspect, who was delivering lunch to her husband, to accompany the boy.
Police said the suspect had kidnapped the boy instead of taking him to his father.
Investigations have revealed that the suspect was suffering from a mental illness. (DS)