Update: Death toll in the Kalutara shooting reaches seven

Monday, 27 February 2017 - 9:33


Death toll in the Kalutara shooting incident increased to seven, police sources say.

Two prison officers are among the deceased.

Three others are currently receiving treatment.


Six people including drug lord Aruna Udayashantha alias Samayan, 30, have died in the Kalutara shooting.

Police media said that a group opened fire at a prison vehicle that was on the way to Kaduwela Court from Kalutara Prison.

The shooting was carried out by a group traveling in a cab. They have fled the area following the attack.

A prison officer is among those killed, police added.

Samayan was remanded till the court hearing today after he was arrested following several accusations including the murder of six people, three in Nawagamuwa Police Division.

He was also subjected to a shooting at Gangodawila Magistrate’s Court premises on September 23, 2015.


Gunshots were fired at a prison vehicle in Kalutara.

Reports say that underworld kingpin Aruna Udayashantha alias Samayan was injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, one died and three others were injured following the shooting.