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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - 9:50
STF launch operation in Wilpita forest in Akuressa
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The Special Task Force has launched a strike in the Wilpita Forest Reserve in Akuressa to locate the two underworld gangsters who had fled following a clash with the STF last night.

Police Media Spokesperson, SP, Ruwan Gunasekera said that one of the notorious underworld members in the South, Manel Rohana alias Thilak was killed during the shooting.

Thilak is believed to be one of the closest associates of an underworld kingpin, Makandure Madush.

Acting on a tip-off, STF set up a roadblock to apprehend an armed gang travelling in a three-wheeler from Akuressa to Kamburupitiya.

However, the three-wheeler sped away neglecting the police order to stop.

Later, the three-wheeler diverted towards Wilpita forest reserve and suspect, Thilak had opened fire at the STF.

Then during the exchange of fire, the suspect received gunshot injuries and, he succumbed to injuries at Kamburupitiya Hospital.

The other two suspects have fled into the forest during the melee.

Police discovered a T-56 weapon from the forest.

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