Three radio cabs hijacked

by Kalinga Weerakkody
An unidentified gang have so far hijacked three ‘688688’ radio cabs at knife point and later abandoned the vehicles after stripping most of its parts including the radio/cassette, seats and headlights worth around Rs. 60,000, police said.

The three taxies belonging to Namdo Transport Lanka Private Limited, had been hijacked within a period of two weeks.

The first hijacking had occurred on May 26 at Siripala road, Mt. Lavinia. An unidentified person who had given an address on the road and requested a cab. The driver had come around 8.00 pm to the said address. While one person had got into the front seat another had come near the driver and ordered him out of the car. The abandoned car was found the next day close to the Soyza flats in Ratmalana, police said.

In the second incident on May 30, an unidentified person had called the taxi to a point near a communication centre at Dehiwala. The driver had come around 7.30pm. Two persons had got in, one to the front seat and the other to the rear. They had asked the driver to drive to a cross road in the area where at the point of a knife the driver had been threatened to step out. the taxi was found abandoned the following day, police said.

The third incident had occurred near Apollo hospital on June 13 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. A person who had summoned a taxi and asked the driver to proceed to Boralesgamuwa. At an isolated area the passenger, while pretending to take his wallet out, drawn a knife and odered the driver out, police said..

The General Manager of Namdo, Shantha Ilangamudali said that so far police have not been able to arrest responsible for these hijackings.

He said some security measures are now in place to handle such situations.