Search following Kalutara Prison bus shooting yields ammunition in Mt. Lavinia Court

Search following Kalutara Prison bus shooting yields ammunition in Mt. Lavinia Court

Search following Kalutara Prison bus shooting yields ammunition in Mt. Lavinia Court

Written by Keshala Dias

01 Mar, 2017 | 9:39 pm

The Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court was on lock-down on today, March 01, and proceedings suspended following the discovery of a bag containing a revolver, a pistol and ten bullets.

Police said a complete search was carried out at the premises, following the discovery.

The Police K9 unit was called in to inspect the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court after the discovery of the weapons.

Security at Court complexes had been beefed up, after the ambush on the Kalutara Prison transport on February 27. The discovery was made when the Magistrate’s Court premises was being searched by a Special Police Team.

Police added that the weapons were kept prepared to fire.

Police suspect that the weapons may have been placed at the premises to launch an attack.

It was reported that notorious underworld figure “Kovil Roha” alias Rohan Silva who is allegedly connected to a series of crimes was escorted to the court premises today, March 01.

He was arrested over an incident where shots were fired at police officers in Kurunegala on November 15, 2016, killing one of the officers.

Detectives have uncovered details of a war between the suspect and another underworld gang.

The suspect is also believed to be connected to the homicide which occurred in close proximity to the Mahara Court complex on June 23,  2016.

The victim of the homicide was Suresh Asanka Silva alias “Lansiya” who was being escorted to the Magistrate’s Court to appear for a Heroin peddling charge.

Meanwhile, a suspect connected to the shooting of Batticaloa District Director of the Land Reforms Commission was arrested today, March 01.Nesakumar Vimalraj was shot at while at his residence on the night of February 22.

It has been revealed that the suspect was serving as a security officer at the Batticaloa District Secretariat.

Nesakumar Vimalraj came to the spotlight for his stance against the illegal acquisition of the government lands in the Batticaloa District.

Meantime, the Committee appointed by the Minister of Prison Reforms to investigate the ambush on the Kalutara Prisons transport has commenced its investigations.

Head of the committee Rumy Marzook said the committee held discussions with the Secretary to the ministry on February 28.

Cabinet Spokesperson Minister ( Dr. ) Rajitha Senaratne claimed that the OIC of Kalutara North has been given a service suspension and that it is not the first time that such an incident had taken place.

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