Ex-IP Nabbed With Gun Used For VIP Protection

By Keerthi Mendis, Sumith Ranawaka & Jayasinghe – Colombo | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 29 2021
News Ex-IP Nabbed With Gun Used For VIP Protection

By Keerthi Mendis, Sumith Ranawaka & Jayasinghe – Colombo 

The Western Province Police Intelligence Division arrested a former Inspector of Police, who was in possession of automatic firearm used in the protection of VIPs.

The arrestee had, at one stage of his career, been attached to Ministerial Security Division (MSD) and had been in charge of the weapons store of the MSD.

He had also maintained a weapons store in a house at Welipenna. 

An organised gang of criminals had been preparing to kill the former Inspector to take possession of the weapon found in his possession by the Police, but the Western Province Intelligence Division, on receiving information about the gang’s plans acted swiftly to take the IP into custody from his house at Galmaththa in Welipenna. Subsequent to questioning him, they had discovered the firearm and a stock of ammunition. 

The Western Province Intelligence Division said that the suspect, ex-IP, had in his possession a CZ-85 type pistol, used by security officers for the protection of Ministers and VIPs. This type of pistol is used only by the MSD and the Presidential Security Division, they said. 

In addition to this CZ-85 pistol, manufactured in a foreign country, the Western Province Intelligence Division discovered 248, 09mm bullets and 370 different types of ammunition, four magazines of a pistol, made abroad as well as a hand grenade in the IP’s house. 

The Intelligence Division said that this firearm had been issued to another IP in the MSD and he had handed it over to the MSD firearms warehouse and during this time the suspect IP had stolen this firearm and taken it home. 

An investigation had been conducted into this missing firearm and the IP who had used it had been accused and a ‘Charge Sheet’ issued against him. Subsequently this IP is said to have paid the Police Department the value of this firearm, a source in the division said. 

The suspect IP had taken away this firearm in 2007 and had retired from service in 2008. 

The Intelligence Division has launched an investigation to find why the suspect IP had taken this particular firearm and ammunition. 

The suspect was scheduled to have been produced before the Matugama Magistrate’s Court yesterday. 

Officer-In-Charge of the Western Province Intelligence Division K. S. Somathilaka and Inspector of Police Wijegunaratne, Sergeant Lakmal (6924) and Constable Siriwardena (66224) had conducted the raid on the instructions of Senior Superintendent of Police Pushpakumara, Director of the Western Province Intelligence Division under the supervision of Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province Deshabandu Tennakoon.

By Keerthi Mendis, Sumith Ranawaka & Jayasinghe – Colombo | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 29 2021

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