Missing T-56 firearm found in Diyawannawa


Sri Lanka Police said that a T-56 firearm that was reported missing during a protest near the Polduwa Junction on 13 July, has been recovered yesterday (25) from under the Diyawanna Bridge with an empty magazine.

The Police said during the protest held on 13 July near the Parliament entry road at Polduwa Junction, some protesters had snatched two T-56 assault rifles with two magazines containing 60 live rounds of ammunition, from two army soldiers on duty. 

Police said that one of the two firearms was recovered along with an empty magazine by Navy divers in Rajagiriya near the Butterfly Bridge of the Diyawanna Oya.

The Sri Lanka Navy has handed over the firearm and empty magazine to Welikada Police who are conducting further investigations. 

Meanwhile, the Police said that three suspects arrested yesterday (25) for stealing brass balls from the President’s House.

After protesters stormed into the President’s House on 9 July, three persons stole 40 gold-coloured brass balls fixed on the walls for hanging window curtains. The suspects were arrested by Welikada Police.

These three suspects aged 28, 34 and 37, and they have been identified as residents of Rajagiriya Obeysekarapura area.

The suspects have been handed over to the Colombo Central Criminal Investigation Division for further investigations.

BY Sahan Tennekoon