Angoda Lokka’s death still being verified - Police
By Buddhika Samaraweera
Arrangements are being made, through the Indian High Commission, to ascertain whether Maddumage Lasantha Chandana Perera alias Angoda Lokka actually died in India or not, said Police Media Spokesman, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jaliya Senaratne.
He said that the necessary biological samples and fingerprints had already been handed over to the Indian investigation units. SSP Senaratne also added that although it was revealed that Angoda Lokka had died in India, investigations would be carried out until it was confirmed at the diplomatic level.
Addressing a Media briefing at Police Headquarters in Colombo on 10 August, he also said that investigations were underway regarding properties worth around Rs 50 million which are believed to have been forcibly taken over by Angoda Lokka. About 927 perches of land had been forcibly taken by him in the Western Province, while three lorries and a sand dock suspected to have been used by him for sand smuggling have also been found. “We will investigate the properties and seize them under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act,” he said. He also said that owners of these properties could inform the Colombo Crimes Division on 071-8592279.
SSP Senaratne also added that three soldiers were arrested in connection with the weapons cache found in the Pitipana area in Homagama on 1 July and were being further questioned.
Meanwhile, he said that two suspects were arrested over the possession of two pistols during a raid carried out by the Matugama Police recently. They were to be produced before the Matugama Magistrate on 10 August.