Four Cops arrested over robbery

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Four Police officers, attached to Malabe Police station, have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a gold chain and a mobile phone from a youth at Vidyala Junction in Kottawa yesterday (23).

The arrested Police officers include a Sergeant and three Constables attached to the Malabe Police Station, Police said.

An official stated that one of the three Constables serves in the Police Special Task Force of the Malabe Police.

Meanwhile, the four officers have been suspended.

The Police Media Division issued a statement saying that the Nugegoda Division Superintendent of Police has suspended the officers with immediate effect.

Police have recovered the stolen gold chain, mobile phone and also the three-wheeler which the suspects used to commit the crime.

It is reported that the victim in question, a youth from Weeraketiya, had visited his sister’s residence, located near Vidyala Junction in Kottawa, on 20 August and had been waiting on the road in front of the house when the suspects, who were in a three-wheeler, had approached him.

Following investigations conducted based on the complaint filed by the youth on 21 August, the three-wheeler used by the suspects was identified as belonging to a Police Constable attached to Malabe Police.

BY Sahan Tennekoon & Aloka Kasturiarachchi