was leaving on a luxury vehicle parked in the car park in
the Aípura town looking at his wristwatch from time to the
Suddenly Gamini spotted a handsome young
man, a major in the army, whom he respected very much.
Gamini had met Major Anuradha only about two
weeks back, unaware that it was a planned meeting.
"Sir, when your getting late I thought you
were not coming. Iím coming because of you because tomorrow
is Sinhala New Year.
"Gamini, I want you to do a big favour. I
will compensate with a good payment."
Major Anuruddha was attached to Manthottam
camp in Mannar. A native of Wattegama Major Anuruddha is a
father of one child. The Major hired the vehicle driven by
Gamini to attend a wedding on April 14 in Kandy for Rs. 8000
paying an advance of Rs. 3000.
At the last moment the Major changed his
plans and wanted to go to the camp before going to Kandy.
Gamini agreed and drove his ownerís luxury
vehicle worth about Rs. one million. While travelling the
"These roads were all deserted sometime
back. I have taken part in three or four attacks against the
tigers in this area.
"Most of the officers have gone. Today I am
in charge of the camp. So we can enjoy ourselves."
After travelling for a few houre the luxury
vehicle reached the Mannar camp. The soldier on duty at the
gate saluted the Major and this made Gamini feel a proud
The car stopped near Majorís quarters.
Gamini was impressed by the soldiers walking into their
barracks carrying their weapons.
"This is the first time I have visited an
Army camp. Shall I go around and see the camp. The Major
okayed his request though it was getting dark. But Gamini
was not aware that his life was in danger.
Major Anuruddha was admiring the beauty of
"How much would this car cost" asked the
"Sir around a million. If you are interested
in buying a car I will get you one for a lesser amount.
Having discussed about vehicles the Major
held Gaminiís hand and took him inside the quarters.
A soldier come running towards the Major. He
was the buddy of this officer.
"Rohana this gentleman will spend the night
with us. You should look after him and provide him with
anything he wanted. We are leaving early morning".
Having taken a wash Gamini was now relaxing
in a comfortable chair.
"Prepare a good cup of tea for this
gentleman. Today is the last day of the year. So why not
enjoy ourselves." He ordered Rohana to bring some bottles of
While Rohana was preparing the cup of tea
the Major came to the kitchen. "Where is the cup of tea you
prepared for that man, give it to me."
The Major took the cup of tea. Rohana knew
what was going to happen. Major Anuruddha took out a packet
of powder from his pocket and put some into the cup of tea.
"This packet contains ten sleeping tablets.
From now onwards we will have to work very carefully," the
Major told his buddy. He served the cup of tea to Gamini.
Gamini who was a very tired man after
driving from Aípura did not take time to finish the cup of
tea. The Major was looking at the reaction of Gamini very
By now Gamini was feeling a bit
"Sir, I am not feeling well" he said. "Must
be due to the tiredness. Good if I can get some sleep."
"That is good Gamini, you can take some
rest. Now it is almost seven. We will have a late party. I
will call you.
Major Anuruddha took Gamini to a room.
Gamini did not known that this was his last sleep.
Rohana came to the quarters with some
bottles. Gamini was just asleep while Major was planning the
The Major took a small bottle from the first
aid box in the quarters and fitted a syringe with its
contents and injected Gamini with it. The liquid injected is
normally used on wounded soldiers as an anaesthesia. Gamini
was now lying like a corpse.
The Major meanwhile was enjoying a drink
before the final job was done.
"Rohana, you also have a drink" said that
Major for whom the life of this innocent man meant nothing.
He and Rohana in the meantime had finished the bottle and
the time was past midnight.
"Rohana now it is time to finish the job.
Get ready with the necessary things."
The Major closed the body with a white
cloth. "Now it is your turn. Cut off the neck of this
fellow" ordered the Major. Rohana stood motionless.
"Are you not carrying out my orders. Here is
the knife. This is very sharp. Cut his neck. He is half
"Sir I canít do it. I have carried out all
your orders very obediently. I canít do this, Sir." The
Major knew that Rohana was not going to do it. Major took
the knife and completed the job. The floor of the room was
wet with Gaminiís blood.
"Come here you fellow. You did not cerry out
my orders. Now go and bring a gallon of petrol and a barrel.
Rohana did as ordered. It was a very large barrel.
Major Anuruddha took the knife once again
and chopped the head.
"Now cut this fellows legs and arms. We have
to finish this job before dawn."
This time Rohana obeyed. The room looked
like an abattoir. The parts of Gaminiís body were put into
the barrel and set on fire.
By three in the morning the Major and the
Buddy completed the mission. They buried the barrel in the
compound and cleaned the room.
When the Sinhala New Year dawned Major
Anuruddha had completed a well planned job. Now he was the
owner of luxury vehicle worth over Rs. One million.
After few days car was taken to Wattegama,
the colour and the registered numbers changed. In the next
week the Major sold the car to another Major attached to the
Boyagane camp for Rs. Two lakhs. This crime was the
beginning in the Majors criminal career. Thereafter he
continued to commit various types of crimes with the help of
some soldiers in the camp.
The family of Gamini meanwhile had
complained to the Aípura police about him. But nothing had
The Major and his clan also robbed a house
of a wealthy person in Wattegama and brought the valuables
to the Mannar camp.
Major Anuruddha and his criminal gang was
not so lucky when they committed the last crime on October
10. They were in Kandy once again and had parked the jeep in
the army camp. They went to Peradeniya and hired a van to
proceed to Wattegama. At a deserted place the Major pointed
a revolver at the driver, stopped the vehicle tied his arms
and legs and dragged him out of the vehicle.
However the driver managed to get himself
freed. He immediatly gave a call to the Wattagama police
from a closeby shop.
Wattegama police took prompt action and all
police stations were informed about the crime. The police
finally seized the vehicle and took the Major and his
associates into custody.
Though Major Anuruddha did not divulge
anything his friend spilled the beans.
Police officers in the Wattegama police
station visited the Mannar camp and searched the quarters.
They found six hand bombs some stolen goods, two knivess
used to kill and chop Gamini and some parts of Gaminiís