Two farmers were hacked to death last night at a paddy field in Godapoththa, Medirigiriya in Polonnaruwa. Police said the victims aged 46 and 30 years, were area residents.

A 62-year-old individual has been arrested over the murders along with the knife he used to carry out the crime.

Investigations had revealed that the victims had been killed following a dispute with the suspect over diverting water to paddy fields. Medirigiriya police are investigating.