Operation launched to seize illegal firearms in WP after recent incidents

Operation launched to seize illegal firearms in WP after recent incidents

Written by Staff Writer

18 Aug, 2014 | 9:26 pm

The police say that they have launched a special operation to seize illegal firearms in the Western Province.

The Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana says the operation has been prompted by a spate of recent incidents involving firearms in Colombo and surrounding areas over the past several days.

Two people have been gunned down in separate incidents over the past two days while two others were injured. Two unidentified persons on a motorcycle in Batewela, Ranala, shot and killed one person and injured a youth.

The suspects had arrived at the location at about 8:45 p.m. on Sunday night, while a religious programme was underway and had opened fire with a T 56 assault rifle.

Police say that one of the victims died upon admission to the Nawagamuwa Hospital while the injured  is being treated at the National Hospital in Colombo. The deceased has been identified as Hettiarachchige Deepthi Pradeep, a twenty-eight-year-old resident of Batewela, Ranala.

The injured youth is a nineteen-year-old resident of the same area. The body of the deceased has been placed at the Police Mortuary in Colombo for further examination.

The motorcycle used by the alleged perpetrators was found abandoned in a sparsely wooded area in the vicinity. A twenty-five-year old youth was shot and killed at a barber shop on Thelawala Road in Ratmalana on Sunday  evening with the use of a T56 assault rifle.

The youth has been identified as Ellawalage Yemal Yasantha Abeyratne. His body was to be brought to his wife’s residence in Polgasowita.

A sixteen year old boy was injured in a drive by shooting by a group of persons, near a fruit shop in the Salamulla area in Wellampitiya. The boy is being treated at the Accident Ward of the Colombo National Hospital.

Police Media Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana expressed following views at a media briefing held today;

“The individual who was killed in Ranala, Navagamuwa, is a person who was previously imprisoned in connection with a murder, and freed. There have been no criminal connections found in the case of the person who was shot and killed in the Mount Lavinia area. As far as we know, he appears to have been a very innocent and peaceful person. Investigations are ongoing. No criminal connections have been found in the case of the person who was shot in Kolonnawa either.”

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