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BY KANCHANA KUMARA

Dambulla (Daily Mirror)- A land cruiser jeep smuggled to the country was seized by Panadura Walana Anti-vice Squad during a raid on Euro Nipon private vehicle yard in Dambulla belonging to Minister of Sports Roshan Ranasinghe and handed over to Dambulla Police.

Walana- Panadura Anti Vice Squad has reported to Dambulla Police that the vehicle valued at about Rs. 20 million is suspected to have been smuggled into the country without paying customs duty and used on forged documents.

However, when inquired about the incident, ASP Dambulla Division Rukmal Thennakoon said he was on leave and SSP Matale Division Anuruddha Bandara asked to make inquiries from HQI Dambulla Police.

HQI Dambulla Police S.P.R. Ellepola was on leave and Acting HQI Sunil Karunatilleka said that a vehicle seized by Walana – Panadura Anti-vice Squad had been handed over to Dambulla Police for further investigations and that it would be produced in court.

Meanwhile, OIC Walana – Panadura Anti-vice Squad IP Indika Weerasinghe admitted having seized a vehicle on suspicion and that he could provide further details in the evening after returning from court.

Meanwhile, Director of Minister Roshan Ranasinghe’s vehicle yard Indika Ratnayake said the vehicle belonged to him, and he was in possession of legal documents pertaining to the vehicle. He accused the police of seizing the vehicle without informing the owner.

However, all our attempts to contact Minister Roshan Ranasinghe over the phone failed.


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  • Chryshan Saturday, 25 November 2023 07:44 AM

    Oh the witch hunt has commenced with SLC robbed money. Most of the high end jeeps are on forged docs and in yards of most of the ministers knowingly or unknowingly. If they are really keen on doing this they have to stop and check for customs docs of all high end jeeps and vehicles belong to VIP's.

    Lkboyya Sunday, 26 November 2023 02:46 PM

    Lol you think this Roshan fellow is genuine? How gullible!

    JudgeMe Saturday, 25 November 2023 07:49 AM

    This is payback to him for standing up to President. What about thousands more crooks in Parliament and indeed people who got loans from State banks on forged documents. Those crooks have been protected? Then again what about the Central Bank roberry?

    Aney Apoi Saturday, 25 November 2023 08:00 AM

    Don’t Rick the corrupt boat Minister you are in it too! Behave like a tamed animal, if not!!! I was an apprentice under my uncle JR RW

    podi mahaththaya Saturday, 25 November 2023 08:05 AM

    politics and mud slinging

    Quolp Saturday, 25 November 2023 02:18 PM

    Podi Mahathaya, you are quite right in your comment.

    Roshini abeyawickrama Saturday, 25 November 2023 08:18 AM

    Now we know why minister roshan was attacking the cricket board so much. He's a crook that probably wants to steal from the 40m usd in SLC bank. Thanks for exposing these crooks RW

    D P P Prasad Saturday, 25 November 2023 08:38 AM

    This should have been seized even before the cricket controversy began. Thus the minister of sports on these days levels the lot allegations against the rogues and gamblers who ruined Srilankan cricket.Therefore as we believe a powerful faction is conspiring to sabotage the great attempt being taken by the minister Roshan Ranasinghe

    Ram Saturday, 25 November 2023 08:46 AM

    Typical SL culture. When you brush shoulders with Bosses they don't like and will find a way to attack. This finding is good but the issue is one of Minister's staff has claimed ownership. The vehicle is worth 20-30M LKR. he must be questioned about finding the money to purchase

    Kps Saturday, 25 November 2023 09:07 AM

    For sure this must be a mud slang towards the Minister by the government rogues.

    VJ Saturday, 25 November 2023 09:08 AM

    Probably the authorities knew about this vehicle for some time. The minister should not have listened to the so called saviors of cricket in SL. Now the big wigs of the political echelons will cut him to size for trying to play smart.

    Spartacus Saturday, 25 November 2023 09:10 AM

    You have be pure Sinhalese to hold a high post and commit every crime at the same time, denying it and then manipulating all the documents to legalize the crime.

    A Sinhalese Saturday, 25 November 2023 11:33 AM

    There is nothing called pure Sinhalese or Tamil. Sinhalese are a mixed race just as any other ethnic group. Sinhala language has so many Tamil words. It's time we promote a Sri Lankan identity.

    Mahila Monday, 27 November 2023 06:13 AM

    “A Sinhalese Saturday, 25 November 2023 11:33 AM” There is nothing called pure Sinhalese or Tamil. Sinhalese are a mixed race just as any other ethnic group. Sinhala language has so many Tamil words. It's time we promote a Sri Lankan identity. That's what ONE would call "Late Realisation", nevertheless it is very valid and Good point!!!??? Sinhala (Hela) is a Derivative Language of 'Prakrit' or commonly known as, "OLD TAMIL", the reason you have so many similarities ONE LAND COMMON LANGUAGE – ONE PEOPLE!!!??? Unified in DIVERSITY!!!???

    Fact Saturday, 25 November 2023 09:11 AM

    Minister will be cleared by DRS system and the game will continue.

    DD Saturday, 25 November 2023 09:14 AM

    A jeep causing more drama than a TELE DRAMA, cops passing the buck, and a missing-in-action minister! Quite the unexpected adventure for a vehicle!

    Bandu Saturday, 25 November 2023 09:24 AM

    If it did not belong to the Minister and someone else already admitted ownership, it appears that this is an attempt to tarnish the Minister who is locked in controversy with Prez

    Jayantha Saturday, 25 November 2023 09:48 AM

    True. Minister should sue the officers and get compensation.

    Mahila Saturday, 25 November 2023 03:23 PM

    Bandu, The main ISSUE is not OWNERSHIP, WHICH IS INCIDENTAL!!!??? Overwhelming is the fact that Car yard is OWNED by none other than RR, Minister and MP Pollonnaruwa District!!?? The fact the smuggled car was in RR's Euro Nippon private vehicle yard in Dambulla belonging to Minister of Sports Roshan Ranasinghe

    Abd Sunday, 26 November 2023 09:11 AM

    Employee admitted ,yes, that is most probably to save his employer’s skin, RR seems not clean as he pretends, but recent times,he won the hearts of people by standing against SLC administration exposing its corrupt behavior

    Tissa Fernando Saturday, 25 November 2023 10:33 AM

    Tit for tat, you attack me and I will attack you. Shammi Silva has been made very happy. The Minister will have story about this vehicle. This us like JR releasing the resignation letters signed undared by MPs

    Premalal Perera Saturday, 25 November 2023 10:38 AM

    This is the 3rd degree treatment given by despotic leaders when they wish send a message to their own corruption riddled supporters. Behave or else......Sri Lanka's situation is pathetic beyond belief.

    UAli Sunday, 26 November 2023 06:45 AM

    Minister shouted out like Shammi is big thief,but he too is not clean,though his employee came forward to bear the responsibility,but if he is genuine, worker never doing such in minister’s yard

    Lion Saturday, 25 November 2023 10:41 AM

    This is a normal incident , if you probe in to the financial activities of most of them in the parliament and how they have amassed wealth after coming in to politics, you will find most them earned the money through corruption.

    Mahila Saturday, 25 November 2023 03:32 PM

    SO, WHY DO ALL, CONDONE ILL-DOINGS!!!??? All must be Upright and Steadfast, Righteous, and STAND-UP to SCRUTINY, like the MAGNIFICENT SPORTS MINISTER, who is taken the Fight to SHAMMI SILVA - purported Betting Supremo of Sri Lanka!!!???

    Shantha Saturday, 25 November 2023 12:14 PM

    When he was good with SLC and the president he was allowed to malpractices. Now he is going against the president so he is exposed. This is the normal practice. There are sevvral state ministers who are having vehicles on false documents and even selling them.

    Patcitz Saturday, 25 November 2023 02:24 PM

    When will Ranil bring the sum that HIS henchman Arjun Mahendran ROBBED in the Central Bank Treasury, known by many: as the central Bank Bond Scam? to balance the crisis-hit economy of SL.

    Mahila Saturday, 25 November 2023 03:15 PM

    “Director of Minister Roshan Ranasinghe’s vehicle yard, Indika Ratnayake said the VEHICLE BELONGED TO HIM, and he was in POSSESSION OF LEGAL DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO THE VEHICLE” LEGAL DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO THE VEHICLE, for a purportedly SMUGGLED vehicle!!!??? IT REALLY GETS BETTER AND BETTER!!! Meaning the story telling of masters of Nefarious activities!? Wonderful Sri Lanka, the wonder of Asia and perhaps world; None could better the record, SURE!!??

    Rip Winkle Saturday, 25 November 2023 04:10 PM

    Everybody who knew about this crime before the cricket controversy is complicit too.

    Sambo Sunday, 26 November 2023 08:10 AM

    Here we go. Shammi Silva at work.

    melville perera Sunday, 26 November 2023 11:21 AM

    smuggled no duty paid but legal documents issued and the way the law enforcement authorities are giving evasive answers or passing the buck confirms the illegal import and fear o repercussion arresting the culprit for questioning or is it another VIP import under cover of immunity or chessboard assembly previledges


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