Suspected cop killer given hero’s welcome in remand prison

By Hemantha Randunu

A hero’s welcome was accorded to underworld gangster Kosgoda Tharaka, who was sent to Angunkolapalessa remand prison for killing a policeman at Matara, according to prison sources. They said a party had also been thrown as part of the welcome.

Tharaka was carried on the shoulders of the inmates of Angunakolapalessa prison in a procession.

According to prison sources the welcome ceremony had been organised under the instructions of Makandure Madush, who is considered the God Father of Sri Laknan underworld. He is currently hiding in Dubai.

Sources said that Madush had instructed his henchmen behind bars to look after Tharaka well and attend to all his needs during his stay in prison.

Kosgoda Tharaka is said to be an underworld figure wanted in connection with murders and several other crimes. 

Constable Suranga Pradeep Weerasinghe (No. 69532), who was one of the police personnel injured in the shootout with the armed robbers in the Matara town, on Friday morning, succumbed to his injuries in the Matara Hospital. 

Another suspect connected to the incident was also arrested by police. 

Chamara Indrajith, who is believed to be the main suspect in the jewellery shop robbery which led to the shootout, was arrested following a search operation at Hunukotuwa, Matara. 

The suspect is a resident of Maligatenna, Veyangoda.

A six-member gang entered a jewellery shop in the Matara town at around 10.00am on Friday (22) and were robbing the place when a civilian nearby noticed the incident and informed the police. 

A team of police officers immediately arrived at the scene and an exchange of gunfire ensued between the suspects and the policemen. 

Three police officers, a civilian and a woman were injured in the shootout and admitted to the Matara Hospital.

Two motorcycles and an automatic weapon used by the suspects were taken into custody. 

Police believe that several suspects were also injured during the shooting and investigations have been launched to apprehend them.

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