Wellampitiya triple homicide  – assailants used T-56 assault rifle

Wellampitiya triple homicide – assailants used T-56 assault rifle

Wellampitiya triple homicide – assailants used T-56 assault rifle

Written by Staff Writer

10 Feb, 2016 | 7:47 pm

Three police teams have been assigned to investigate the triple homicide that has shocked the ‘Geval Wissa’ area in Wellampitiya on Tuesday night.

Police said that the murders were an act of revenge.

Gunmen armed with a T- 56 assault rifle had first arrived at a house in the Kittampahuwa area in Wellampitiya in a three-wheeler at around midnight on Tuesday.The gunmen had opened fire and killed a 24-year-old youth named Panapage Don Salitha Nipuna.

Police said they found trace amounts of marijuana at the house.

After gunning down Salitha Nipuna, the gunmen had then moved to the ‘Geval Vissa’ area, 200 metres away, to the residence of 19-year-old Tharindu Dilshan Senaratne.

The mother of the victim said the assailants called out the boy’s name, claiming they were police officers. After being told the boy was not at home, the mother claims, the killers then broke into the house from the back door, following which they shot the victim.

Police say that four shots were fired.

Due to the disturbance from Tharindu’s residence, his father-in-law who lives nearby had stepped out to inquire in to the commotion. His father-in-law, forty-nine-year-old Mohammed Rizmi was also gunned down. Police believe that Mohammed Rizmi was gunned down as he would have been able to identify the gunmen.

News 1st inquired from the police as to whether the murders had any connection to underworld activities or the drug trade.

Police said that, based on the statements made by the relatives, they suspect that an individual known as ‘Chutte’ had arrived to commit the crime.

Relatives gave statements to the police claiming that ‘Chutte’ and the victims were involved in a clash sometime back and he had vowed to seek revenge from them.



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