In addition, the Police say that the motor vehicle was on rent.
A gang assaulted two policemen who attempted to check them as they were behaving suspiciously near the Seeduwa entry gate of the Katunayake-Colombo Expressway.
Seeduwa police said that the persons concerned had fled taking with them the two private motorbikes in which the policemen had come.
Five persons had been noticed hanging suspiciously around a motor vehicle parked near the Seeduwa entry gate of the expressway last afternoon.
Reports say that two policemen in civvies riding in two motorbikes had gone to check the suspects.
At this time the policemen had queried a suspect who had been altering the number plates of the motor vehicle concerned.
Police said that five persons assaulted the policemen with clubs when they were inspecting their identity cards.
Reports say that at that time the suspects had fled taking with them several firearms that had been in the motor vehicle.
Following the incident, the Seeduwa Police deployed 2 teams to conduct an investigation to arrest the suspects who fled the scene.
A group of STF officers have also joined the search operation.
Accordingly, the Police arrested one of the suspects while he was hiding at a moor in Seeduwa area last night.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that this group of suspects has been involved in several thefts previously.
A senior police officer in charge of Seeduwa stated that they are obtaining luxury vehicles on rent and use them to commit thefts after changing their number plates.