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Death threats on President, Defence Secretary and Prison officials

Gangster Podi Lassie named suspect, further remanded

Gang leader Arumahandi Janith Madusanka alias Podi Lassie is being taken out of the court premises under STF escort. (Picture by Mahinda P.Liyanage, Galle central special correspondent)
Gang leader Arumahandi Janith Madusanka alias Podi Lassie is being taken out of the court premises under STF escort. (Picture by Mahinda P.Liyanage, Galle central special correspondent)

Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekulawela listed notorious gangster Arumahandi Janith Madusanka alias Podi Lassie, as the second suspect in a law suit for murder threats.

He was named suspect regarding the death threats directed at the President, Defence Secretary and several high ranking prison officials at the Boossa Prisons.

He was further remanded till September 25 in consideration of an application made by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) by way of a motion submitted before the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

On September 8, Criminal Investigation Department and the Attorney General’s Department had submitted to court that Dharmakeerthige Tharaka Perera alias Kosgoda Tharaka and the said Arumahandi Janith Madusanka Perera alias Podi Lasssie had openly made death threats on the President, the Defence Secretary and several high ranking Prison officials on their visit to Boossa Prisons to look into an incident of fasting by a group of prisoners.

Subsequently the CID officials further had pleaded permission from the Magistrate to allow them to meet the suspect at the prison and record a statement from him and to bring him before the judiciary.

On that day the Magistrate in response to the CID’s application allowed officials to record a statement from the suspect and produce him before courts on September 25.

ASP Meril Ranjan Lamahewa of the CID’s Murder Investigation Unit produced Podi Lassie on a motion submitted to courts yesterday and made the respective application in response to which the magistrate issued order citing Podi Lassie as the second respondent in the case and further remanding him.

The gangster was brought to the courts under tight security provided by both Police and Police Special Task Force. Special security arrangements had been provided in and around the court premises.

The Magistrate called the case at the beginning of Court proceedings and after the Magistrate’s order Podi Lassie was taken to the Balapitiya Magistrate’s Court regarding a separate case against him under heavy Special Task Force security.