The police say that the legal position with regard to permitting a private institution to store firearms in a ship in the Galle harbour would be explored today.
Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that investigation would be held with regard to the legality the Defence Ministry had provided for this.
Police seized several containers with weapons stored in a vessel at Galle Port yesterday.
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 last 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.
Avant-Garde is a private security firm which belongs to a former Army Major Nissanka Senadhipathi.
However, Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that they have commenced an investigation led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police regarding the case.
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