|Thursday, 29 April 2004|
As main suspect hospitalised:
Investigations into OIC's murder hampered
by Asanga Warnakulasuriya
Investigations into the murder of Weeraketiya Police Crimes OIC Sanjeewa Hettiarachchi was being hampered with the main suspect known as "Army Jine" lying at the ICU of the Matara Hospital treated for gun shot wounds, Southern Range DIG D. W. Prathapasingha told the Daily News yesterday.
The DIG said that the Police investigations had identified three members of the gang. "Investigations will commence as soon as the main suspect "Army Jine" recovers from his wounds caused during shoot-out.
The shoot-out took place on Tuesday morning at around 6.45 am in Palankade.Initial investigations had revealed that SI Sanjeewa had raided "Army Jine's house on a tip-off. The SI had opened fire when he tried to flee the house. In return Army Jine using his T56 had repeatedly fired at the SI. Both exchanged fire and were severely wounded by the gun shots. The SI later succumbed to his injuries.
Army Jine was alleged to be behind the killing of the Southern Provincial Minister M.K. Ranjith alias Chandi Malli and was also alleged to have been involved in over 30 serious crimes, Police said. He is said to be an expert marksman in the Army Special Force. Army Jine is also member of the "Wambotta Gang" one of most feared gangs operating in Matara.
On directions of the DIG Prathapasingha and Tangalle SSP M. K. Sugathadasa, Weeraketiya Police is conducting investigations.
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