The van seized in Mirihana was used for transporting soldiers; Vehicle registration number is disputed; says Army
Contradictory views were expressed by different factions in connection with the seizure of three army soldiers in civvies and a pistol in their possession while traveling in a van at Mirihana Nugegoda.
The UNP stated that it is ready to conduct investigations regarding the suspicious van that was seized at Mirihana in Nugegoda.
Minister Joseph Michael Perera stated this during a media conference held in Colombo this morning.
The suspects had told police that they were body guards of an army Major General and the weapon also belongs to the particular Major General.
However, the suspects were released on bail yesterday when they were produced before the court.
Later, the Defence Ministry stated that it would conduct a separate investigation with regard to the incident.
The ministry also stated that the suspects would be punished despite of their status, if they are found guilty under the Military Act.
Meanwhile, Minister Joseph Michael Perera said at a media conference today that the van seized by police belonged to the LTTE.
At the same time, Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera verified this incident at a media briefing held at the media center of the Defence Ministry today.
He said that the weapon found in the possession of arrested soldiers has being used by major General Prasanna Silva for 15 years.