Wanted criminal shot dead
From Denagama Corr Dhammika Ranaweera

Police yesterday (8) shot dead a criminal identified as Sujith Premakumara alias Kalu Putha when he attempted to escape from their custody by lobbing a hand bomb at them in Peramulla, Matara, police sources said.

Kalu Putha and two others, all members of an underworld gang wanted in connection with a number of crimes, were arrested by Special Police Investigation Unit from Mirihana at Matara.

On questioning, Kalu Putha, a resident of Weligama, had told Police that the arms, used by the gang, was kept at a house in Pelena, at Paramulla. The police party had taken him along with them to show the place and on arriving there he is alleged to have grabbed a hand bomb hidden there and attempted to lob it at the police party who opened fire in self defence, killing him.

Police are grilling the other two suspects over a range of crimes committed in the Matara District.



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