CONSTABLE KILLED IN MATARA SHOOTOUT

Published : 12:03 am  June 23, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (230) reads | 

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By Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk

A Constable of Police had been killed and two other Police personnel were injured in a shootout with an underworld criminal gang that tried a daylight robbery of a jewellery shop in the Matara town yesterday, the Police said.

 

  • A Constable of Police had been killed and two other Police personnel were injured in a shoot out with an underworld criminal gang that tried a daylight robbery of a jewellery shop in the Matara town yesterday 

 

Besides, two civilians were also injured caught in the crossfire.


The Police said that their officers opened fire at the criminal gang led by underworld figure Kosgoda Tharaka.


“Three of the criminals were injured. Constable Pradeep Weerasinghe, who sustained injuries during gunfire, died upon admission to hospital,” a Spokesman for the Police said. “The three criminals who fled the scene were arrested later during the day when they were seeking treatment at the Karapitiya Hospital. Among them were Kosgoda Tharaka’s brother Kosgoda Mahesh and Anuradhapura Athula,” the officer said.


Another underworld member, who was involved in the robbery, was taken into custody by the Police in the Matara area later.


He was hiding in a house there at the time of the arrest, the officer said.


Armed gangsters entered the shop located on the Dharmapala Mawatha, Matara at 10.00 a.m. yesterday. 


The Police acted upon a call on the 119 emergency line. The Police team that arrived at the scene and an exchange of fire started.


“The gang opened retaliatory fire at the Police personnel indiscriminately, while trying to flee on their motorcycles, in all directions.


“The criminals have used T-56 guns and pistols. The Police have found information that these criminals were part of an underworld gang acting as a rival group to the one led by underworld kingpin Makadure Madush,” the Police officers said.


The deceased Police officer was serving with the Special Task Force before he joined the Police Regular Force. 

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