Sunday, 18 January 2015 - 16:12
Update: 20 out of 22 containers in Galle Port Vessel contained firearms; Vessel revealed to be a Floating arsenal
Police seized several containers with weapons stored in a vessel at Galle Port today.
According to the Police Headquarters, the vessel named ‘Mahanuwara’ has been rented and maintained by a private firm called Avant-Garde security service.
The vessel was searched following a tip-off received by Galle DIG this afternoon.
Officers in charge of the vessel have told the police that about 3000 weapons have been stored in the vessel including T-56 firearms, automatic machine guns, 84-S rifles and semi-automatic firearms.
They have further informed the police that this vessel was maintained as a floating arsenal under the consent of the Defence Ministry, to provide security for other vessels.
However, Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that they have commenced an investigation led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police regarding the case.
Avant-Garde is a private security service firm which belongs to a former Army Major Nissanka Senadhipathi.
Update: Sunday, 18 January 2015 - 07:08 PM
Stock of weapons found in a vessel at Galle Port
Police found a stock of weapons stored inside several containers in a vessel anchored at Galle port.
According to the Police media spokesman’s office, the containers were searched following a tip off received by the police.