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Hit-and-run case: Tipper truck driver remanded

The suspect who was arrested over a hit-and-run case that killed a police officer and injured two other police officers was today ordered to be remanded until July 23 by the Matara Magistrate’s Court .

The Police arrested the suspect (34) on Tuesday in Ranala. He is a resident of Lunama, Ambalanthota. The suspect is the driver of the tipper truck that ran over a Constable and two Sergeants on duty at the Kongama checkpoint on Monday night.

The two injured police officers were admitted to the Matara Hospital. The police had found the tipper abandoned at a compound of a house in Kattakaduwa, Hungama.

The Police said the charges against the suspect include homicide, attempting to homicide, injuring the officers on duty, reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Police Media Spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratne said two police officers attached to the Kirinda Police Station had stopped the tipper on suspicion. However, the driver of the tipper had not stopped the vehicle and had sped off. The police officers had then notified the police checkpoint in Kongama and they had stopped the tipper.

The police officers subsequently issued the driver a spot fine permit as a temporary license and warned him against reckless driving and failing to stop.

The tripper truck driver had then proceeded towards Hakmana direction. He had then turned the vehicle and come towards Matara later and deliberately run over the police officers at the checkpoint.

The deceased officer was identified as a 36-year-old attached to the Hakmana Police. He is a resident of Walasmulla area.

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