Crime Watch: Katana, Rajagiriya, Ja-Ela areas hit headlines

Crime Watch: Katana, Rajagiriya, Ja-Ela areas hit headlines

Crime Watch: Katana, Rajagiriya, Ja-Ela areas hit headlines

Written by Tharushan Fernando

04 Mar, 2016 | 8:32 pm

One person was killed in a drive-by shooting in Madampella, Katana on Friday morning.  The victim was a 41-year-old father of two from the same area.

The victim, who was engaged in the soil trade, was gunned down while travelling to his work-place from home at around 08:50 on Friday morning. Police said that two gunmen on a motorcycle had opened fire at the victim.

Investigations have revealed that a 9mm gun was used to carry out the shooting. Police suspect that a business dispute may have led to the killing.



Meanwhile, Rs.1.5 million was stolen from a financial institution in the Ja-Ela town on Friday morning. Police stated that two individuals in the car park had attacked the cashier when he was carrying the money outside. A police investigation is underway to identify the thieves.

The injured cashier is receiving treatment at the Colombo North Teaching Hospital in Ragama.


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Information has also come to light that the shooting that took place in Obeyasekarapura , Rajagiriya on Thursday was a result of a conflict between two criminal gangs.

The deceased individual Harsha Yasas Sri aged 32, was a resident of Kamburupitiya , Matara. According to the Police the victim was a suspect in a number of crimes including the murder of Former Southern Provincial Councilor Danny Hittetiya.

The body of the victim is to be taken to his residence in Kamburupitiya on Friday night.



The 08 suspects who were arrested on the 30th of January along with 20 Kilograms of Heroin and were remanded, were produced before the Balapitiya Magistrate’s Court once again today.

The Magistrate ordered the that the suspects be remanded till the 18 of this month.



5 members of an extortion ring in Tangalle have been arrested by the Police.

According to the Police, among the arrested was a retired Military Seargent.

The suspects were arrested for threating the General Manager of the School for the Deaf and Blind in Polommaruwa over the phone and attempting to extort a sum of 50,000 rupees.

It has been reported that these 5 inividuals had also threatened and extorted money from the Managers of Banks and other establishments.

The suspects were orderd to be remanded until the 9th of this month, after being produced before the Tangalle Magistrate court today.

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