Notorious gang quizzed
A notorious gang wanted in connection with several robberies and
extortion cases in Mount Lavinia, Piliyandala and Moratuwa areas were
taken in for questioning last week when they walked into a trap set up
by Piliyandala police.
A police team from Piliyandala lay in ambush at Puwakgas junction in
the Piliyandala area last Thursday and took in questioning two men who
came in a three-wheeler taxi to collect for Rs. 400,000 from the wife of
a businessman. The incident happened around 6.30 p.m.
The two suspects had earlier demanded a ransom of Rs 400,000 by
threatening the businessman. The woman in the meantime complained to OIC
Piliyandala, Chief Inspector Lionel, who laid a trap to apprehend the
Police questioned the two suspects and learnt that the threewheeler
driver was from Pita Kotte, who had worked earlier for Moratu Saman, the
dreaded underworld character shot dead at Moratuwa five years ago. The
other man was identified as a native of Sigiriya. It was subsequently
revealed that both suspects had robbed several establishments and were
involved in several extortion cases.
Meanwhile, Piliyandala police recovered a van that was robbed by the
two men recently. OIC Piliyandala Chief Inspector Lionel with other
policemen are conducting further inquiries under the direction of SSP
Mount Lavinia A. Arsaratnam.