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Friday, 22 June 2018 - 17:51
Matara robbery : Police arrest Kosgoda Tharaka’s mother, 3 suspects at Karapitiya ICU
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Police have arrested the mother of underworld gangster 'Kosgoda Tharaka' after it was found that one of the motorcycles which were abandoned following the Matara jewellery shop heist, was registered under her name.
 
Police have also found a locally made gun, which could use 9mm bullets, from her home in Kosgoda.
 
She was arrested by a police team from the Kosgoda police.
 
Meanwhile, police constable Suranga Pradeep Weerasinghe who died at Matara General Hospital, after being shot at by the robbers, has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
 
Three policemen and two civilians including a woman were injured when police and around 10 robbers exchange fire at the heart of Matara Town, this morning (Jun 22).
 
Investigations found that around 10 robbers had arrived on motorcycles, wearing face masks at around 10.25 am to rob the jewellery shop.
 
They had entered the jewellery shop and ransacked the shop at gunpoint.
 
However, a group of armed policemen had arrived in the scene and they had engaged with the robbers.
 
The drama saw panicked people running here and there in the Matara Town.
 
Then the robbers had fled the area abandoning two motorcycles, two firearms, and several live bullets.
 
Police also launched a search operation to apprehend the suspects and one of the suspects was found while hiding inside a nearby house.
 
Meanwhile, three more suspects were arrested while they were receiving treatment at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital.
 
Police said Kosgoda Tharaka, his brother, and another suspect are among them.
 
All those suspects are receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital under police protection.







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