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1,200cc Ducati bike seized

20 December 2016 04:58 am - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A high-end, high powered motorcycle worth over Rs.4 million, which had been smuggled into the country under the patronage of the son of a former VVIP during the previous regime, was seized by the police from a place where it was hidden in Keselwatta, yesterday.

The Colombo Central Divisional Law Enforcement Unit had raided a room on Silversmith Lane off Abdul Hameed Street, which was said to have been a secret hideout used by underworld operatives.

Police had raided the place after receiving information that it was used by underworld operatives as a meeting place and to do drugs. Police had never expected to find an Italian made black coloured Ducati with an engine capacity of 1,200 cc. parked inside.

A man was arrested on the spot and he had told the police that the expensive motorcycle had been given to him as a gift by one of his friends -- a clearing agent who had died sometime ago.

According to police sources, the suspect and his acquaintances had been riding the motorcycle, which cannot be legally ridden on the local roads as its engine capacity is above the legal limit.

Inquiries had revealed that the motorcycle had neither been registered with the Department of Motor Traffic nor brought in to the country with the knowledge of the Sri Lanka Customs.

Police been told that the motorcycle had been smuggled into the country through illegal channels under the patronage of the former VVIP’s son.

Under the prevailing motor traffic laws, clearance from the Ministry of Defence is required to import such high capacity motorcycles, and then too only for riding on race tracks.

Police are conducting further inquiries to discover how the motorcycle was smuggled in and how it ended up with the suspect.

Police, however, had found that the suspect had no criminal record. He was produced before the Maligakanda Magistrate yesterday and remanded.

Colombo Central Divisional Law Enforcement Unit OIC, CI Janak De Silva is conducting investigations, instructed by Senior DIG (Western Province) Nandana Munasinghe, DIG Colombo Lalith Pathinayake, SSP Central Division Saliya de Silva and SP Sanjaya Irasinghe. (Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana)


  Comments - 12

  • Harley Tuesday, 20 December 2016 06:31 AM

    Didn't know these were still around!

    d Tuesday, 20 December 2016 06:37 AM

    why does sri lanka still have cc restrictions when almost every other country has none. a sorry exuse was given by the police high powerered bikes will be used to do robberies how can they be used to theiving when they cost so much. then what about cars police have maximum of 2500cc cars what happens to people that import high powered cars via DM Android App

    scot-free Tuesday, 20 December 2016 06:41 AM

    As is the norm in our country, - now that a former VIPP's son is also in the picture , - AND therefore (now itself ! )this news item carries no names of both the "patron" and the person arrested (and also the agent) - can anyone expect any outcome after " conducting investigations". ? ? ?

    ANTON Tuesday, 20 December 2016 07:21 AM


    Premalal Tuesday, 20 December 2016 07:35 AM

    It is a great tragedy that only criminals can enter parliament in this country. Smugglers, ethenol dealers, elephant robbers, central bank robbers as well as bribe takers and alleged murderers can be found in one location, the Sri Lanka parliament.

    Pial Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:33 AM

    1200 CC Ducati, Rs. 4 million. And police is busy conducting inquires.Luxury vehicle imported for ministers worth more than Rs. 1000 millions sell in open market illegally. And the police is in deep sleep.Land like no other!!!

    ranmala Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:41 AM

    VVIp's son. Anybody can guess. 99.9999% it will be right

    sakaf Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:05 AM

    Silly and stupid laws. why cant they allow bikes over 300CC. while they are many super cars around they keep a law to control the bikes. if allowed to be registered and used i am sure sri lanka givt also can earn a proper income of custom duty on this bikes.SL GOV - let the riders ride. dont make them look like outlaws

    TONY Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:12 AM


    Sincere Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:21 AM

    ......and then we heard from them that Sri Lanka is no longer a poor nation but the miracle of Asia! Hmm they were right!

    Mahi Friday, 13 October 2017 06:56 PM

    wondering what is the maximum CC allowed in SL?

    Ramal Friday, 23 December 2016 01:37 AM

    Brainless stupid uneducated worthless politicos making decisions.

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