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Former naval officer identified as main gunman in Beliatta shooting - Wife, father arrested

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The Police Special Task Force (STF) arrested the wife and father of the person suspected to be the main gunman in the killing of five people, including the leader of the Ape Jana Bala Party, Saman Perera in Beliatta.

Police said the main gunman of the Beliatta shooting has been identified as a former naval person.

They said the main gunman's 39-year-old wife, who also served in the Navy and his 72-year-old father were arrested yesterday for aiding in the shooting.

The suspects were arrested with 21 grams and 350 milligrams of heroin while they were in hiding at Pathagama in the Pallewela area.

During questioning them, it was revealed that the main shooter and two other gunmen who had arrived for the Beliatta shooting had fled to Dubai after the incident.

It has also been revealed that their flight tickets have been arranged by another individual engaged in organized crimes, 'Nipuna' who is in Dubai.

Police said, during the questioning it was revealed that an accomplice of underworld leader and drug trafficker Kosgoda Sujee, Harendra Gunathilaka alias Harsha, who is also hiding in Dubai, had instructed the gunmen.


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  • Citizen k Friday, 02 February 2024 12:03 PM

    Great work.Now arrest the hecklers of the peaceful protest in Kollupitiya.

    Mahila Friday, 02 February 2024 01:42 PM

    These Navy officers' country's NATIONALISTS, PATRIOTS, SACRFICED their entire LIFE sake of uplifting, sovereignty of Lanka!!??? They should under no circumstances ill-treated. Our HEROES!!!?

    Mahila Friday, 02 February 2024 12:41 PM

    What aiding and abetting did the Father, and Wife commit!! Ofcourse every suspect arrested in Sri Lanka by police, is noted to have in their possession at least 15 milligrams of 'heroin' or KUDU/white Powder!!?? That's why they were in possession of with 21 grams and 350 milligrams heroin when arrested!? Situation well explained!!!

    Ram Friday, 02 February 2024 02:20 PM

    I have no doubt that they were arrested with no evidence but as a threat. The drugs introduced by Police. Their disclosure about the suspects location has nothing to do with the killing. This is how SL Police act when they cannot find an offender. They arrest family members. Only in Sri Lanka

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 02 February 2024 04:03 PM

    It needs to be realized the biggest damage done to this country is by Sinhalese in the State and State entities whether they are Ministers, Armed Forces, State Employees. When will this race reform?

    A Sri Lankan Saturday, 03 February 2024 05:20 PM

    The biggest damage done to the Tamils was by the former LTTE terrorists and their supporters. Some of them still continue to destroy the innocent Tamil population both in Sri Lanka and abroad, especially thanks to racist bigots like you.

    Eye opener Saturday, 03 February 2024 11:20 PM

    @ A SRILANKAN- LTTE was given by the chauvinistic Sinhala governments. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is why we need TWO STATES IN OUR COUNTRY.


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