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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 - 10:08
Divulapitiya case: Police search underway to apprehend “Polwatte Nishantha”
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Police have intensified investigations to arrest few other criminals believed to have fled the scene during the exchange of fire between STF and a criminal gang which included UNP Provincial Councillor Randeer Rodrigo.

A high ranking STF officer said that a gang connected to underworld leader Makilangamuwe Sanjeewa linked to the shooting of Gampaha businessman Osman Gunasekera was also among the suspects.

However, further investigations have revealed that about 11 underworld gangsters had come in the van, which was waylaid by the STF.

It was revealed that two of them had fled the scene. It was revealed that one of them was a person who had involved in the shooting of Kalutara prison bus.

The STF said further that he was known as Polwatte Nishaanta.

Meanwhile, more than 100 bullets were recovered from the Hendala house of the UNP Western Provincial Councillor Randeer Rodrigo, who was arrested in connection with the shooting took place at Henpitagedara on the Divulapitiya – Dunagaha – Ballapana Road.

Reports say that the Councillor’s wife was also arrested last night.

One person was killed and another person wounded in a shooting incident between STF and a criminal gang.

During this occasion the STF also arrested seven others who were travelling in the van, UNP Western provincial Councillor Randeer Rodrigo was also among the arrested.

The STF team waylaid a van after they have had received a tip-off that a criminal gang had been coming to carry out a burglary.

The occupants of the van had shot at when the STF had proceeded to inspect the van.

The STF team had also had returned fire, a 35-year-old resident of Nilpanaagoda in Minuwangoda named Navalagey Kushan Thakshila Cooray was killed in the shooting.

The police STF recovered two pistols, one hand grenade and toy pistol from the van.

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