The Officer-In-Charge of the special Colombo Crime Division (CCD) that had been appointed to probe a series of killings that had taken place in Kahawatta, had reportedly been transferred with effect from yesterday (27), days before the arrest of the main suspect in these killings, informed sources said.
It is learnt that the transfer order had been served on the said officer, an Inspector of Police, asking him to report to Headquarters immediately. They speculated that the transfer order had gone out after pressure had been brought to bear from a politician in the area.
These same sources said that the officer was on the verge of making an arrest after collecting evidence from the murders that had occurred in Kahawatta and that he had been on the tail of the main suspect when he received his marching orders. According to these sources, the same officer was able to recover some of the artifacts that were robbed from the National Museum a few months ago. Police Headquarters had sent him to Kahawatta a few weeks ago to track down the killer/s as a reward for this success.
Following the murders of six women in the Kahawatta area a few months ago a tense situation had prevailed in the area, resulting some of the villagers fleeing the area fearing their life. Later, police arrested Godakawela UPFA Pradeshiya Sabha member Lokugamhewage Dharmasiri and several others allegedly in connection with these murders.