Olcott shot dead

2010-08-31 17:45:39

By Supun Dias

Jayakody Arachchige Olcott Perera, a leading heroin dealer in Colombo who went underground ten years ago after evading the police, was shot dead while trying to escape from Special Task Force (STF) custody this evening.

STF Commandant DIG K.M.L Sarathchandra said that he took hold of a pistol belonging to an STF officer in the jeep and tried to use the weapon and open fire forcing the STF personnel to fire in defence.

"Olcott tried to escape, after he tried to open fire at the STF personnel after getting hold of a pistol and he was seriously injured when the STF shot back," he said.

The incident took place in Minuwangoda this evening. He was admitted to the Gampha Hospital. However he succumbed to his injuries. Olcott, a resident of the Borella Magazine road, evaded police custody since the year 2000.

He was wanted in connection with 26 murders and was captured in Kurunegala by the STF after gathering valuable information about his whereabouts, DIG Sarathchandra said.

  Comments - 17

  • Jaminda Mendis Wednesday, 1 September 2010 05:06

    Good work - good to the society

    Reply : 6       45

    bindumathi Wednesday, 1 September 2010 05:21

    Excellent. news. Hats off to the STF. Jayawewa!

    Reply : 5       43

    saibu Nana Wednesday, 1 September 2010 05:53

    what excellent catch him it took 10 years.........

    Reply : 17       35

    manjula Wednesday, 1 September 2010 06:08

    at least you should appreciate that he was captured by STF after 10 years.

    7       36

    kassa Wednesday, 1 September 2010 05:37

    Very Good Work for every Sri Lankan.

    Reply : 2       32

    suwimal Wednesday, 1 September 2010 05:41

    This criminal is an insult to Great right honoroble Olcutt looking over Colombo Fort.

    Reply : 2       37

    kalu Wednesday, 1 September 2010 06:49

    He is the dealer. Who is the supplier?

    Reply : 3       47

    Bakamoona Wednesday, 1 September 2010 07:53

    Confiscate all his properties. Good lesson for all black money makers. Thanks for getting rid of this man.

    Reply : 1       13

    NISSANKA Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:11

    Good riddance.

    Reply : 0       2

    ASHRAFF NAZIM Wednesday, 1 September 2010 09:08


    Reply : 1       1

    IQBAL Wednesday, 1 September 2010 09:12

    Let STF DO THE TALKING. good move

    Reply : 1       1

    az Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:44

    Should have tied him to a tree instead

    Reply : 0       1

    Hane Wednesday, 1 September 2010 12:24

    May be he did'nt share the profits with the police!! There are so many dealers still roaming with the police blessings.

    Reply : 0       2

    Citizen Kane Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:18

    Wasn't Olcott a supporter of a politico? He was very active during the last elections canvassing for him. So, how could he have been "evading Police for 10 years"?

    Reply : 0       1

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