Another suspect linked to attack on restaurant in Soysapura arrested

Another suspect linked to attack on restaurant in Soysapura arrested

June 4, 2020   07:52 am

Another suspect involved in the gunfire attack on a restaurant in Soysapura, Moratuwa which took place last month, has been taken into custody.

The arrest was made by the officers of Police Special Task Force (STF) in Ratmalana area.

In the meantime, on May 30, the Police arrested a suspect – Janith Hashan Wimalaweera alias “Konda Janiya” with links to an underworld gang – over the shooting incident.

Probes uncovered that the suspect had also carried out an extortion racket and other shooting incidents on the instructions of underworld gang leader under the alias “Kudu Anju” who is currently in hiding in Dubai.

It was reported that “Konda Janiya” had also played a part in the assassination of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council Member Ranjan de Silva, which took place two years ago under the directives of “Kudu Anju”.

On June 01, another underworld figure under the alias “Angulane Anju Rosa” who is out on bail was arrested in Akuressa, Matara over the shooting attack in Soysapura.

The Police later arrested two youths, aged 26 and 36 years, over the same incident.

A restaurant in Soysapura first came under an attack by an unidentified group of persons wielding swords during curfew hours on May 19.

Three police officers were subsequently stationed at the restaurant to ensure its security and safety.

However, on the night of May 28, a group of persons had carried out an attack again. This time they had opened fire at the restaurant while the three police officers were on duty.

The owner of the restaurant had stated that he had been receiving continuous death threats from a person in Dubai, who had been trying to extort money from him.

Subsequently, 03 police officers – one sergeant and two constables – who were on duty at the restaurant when it came under a gunfire attack, were interdicted over charges of neglect of duty.

Investigations into the incident are being carried out under the directives of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of Mount Lavinia Division.

Three other suspects are already in the custody of police over the sword attack on the restaurant on May 19.

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