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.