Madush Killed in Crossfire
By Chamara Amarasuriya, Thameenah Razeek and Hansi Nanayakkara
Following an agreement reached between the legal spouse and the mistress of deceased gangster, Makandure Madush, the latter’s remains are to be brought to the house situated at Temple Road, Maharagama, belonging to the mistress of the late criminal ahead of his funeral, Police sources said.
The spouse of another criminal, Kalu Thushara, who had perished in a prison riot, had been the mistress of Madush.
It is said that after she had heard of Madush’s death, she had rushed to the Police Department to claim the gangster’s body.
The legal spouse of the criminal had resided at Mulana Road, Makandura, Matara and she has been living with their 17-year-old son. However, the Colombo Additional Magistrate Kanchana Neranjana de Silva had ordered that the body of the deceased gangster should be handed over to the latter’s legal spouse.
At this stage, the mistress of the late gangster had also laid claim to the criminal’s remains, which had prompted the victim’s legal spouse and the mistress to reach an agreement to allow Madush’s remains to be kept at his mistress’ house ahead of his last rites.
Kalu Thushara, who was a close associate of Madush, had perished in the infamous Welikada Prison Riot that took place in November eight years ago, before Madush had kept Thushara’s spouse as his mistress.
Notorious underworld figure and drug kingpin Samarasinghe Arachchige Madush Lakshitha alias ‘Makandure Madush’ was killed in a crossfire early yesterday (20) morning during a gun battle between the Police and suspected underworld figures, at the Lakshitha Sevana Housing Complex in Apple Watta, Maligawatta.
Subsequent to the gun battle, Madush succumbed to his injuries. Police Spokesman, DIG Ajith Rohana, said Madush was taken to the apartment complex by officers of the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) to seize 22 kg of heroin that was hidden by underworld figures. He said the drug racketeers had then opened fire at the Police, during which Madush was hit by the gunfire in the ensuing gun battle. He added two officers attached to the CCD were also admitted to hospital with gunshot injuries.
Meanwhile, Colombo Additional Magistrate Kanchana Neranjana de Silva, yesterday, ordered the Judicial Medical Officer to hand over Madush’s body to his legal spouse and his aunt after the post-mortem. The inquest into the death of Madush was conducted by the Additional Magistrate, and following a request made to Court by the legal spouse and aunt of the deceased gangster, the latter’s body was ordered to be handed over to his relatives by Additional Magistrate Kanchana Neranjana de Silva.
DIG Ajith Rohana claimed that based on information provided by Madush and another suspect during interrogation, 10 kg of heroin was previously found from Kotikawatta on 17 October.
The notorious underworld figure was in the custody of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for nearly one-and-a-half years, before being transferred to the custody of the CCD on 16 October for further investigations into the cases against him.
Madush was previously in the custody of Emirati authorities, after he was arrested at a drug-fuelled party thrown by him in a Dubai hotel, in October 2018. 31 Sri Lankans, including underworld figures and celebrities, were also arrested in Dubai along with him. Madush was deported from Dubai on 5 May 2019 and taken into custody by the CID on arrival at the BIA.