Prison SP Sampayo arrested
By Chamara Amarasuriya
Former Superintendent of the Negombo Prison, Anuruddha Sampayo, who had a warrant out against him, was arrested yesterday (2) by a team of Police Officers including the Inspector of Police of Negombo Headquarters after 11 days, near St. Anne’s Vidyalaya in Kurunegala.
When a warrant was issued for the arrest of the person named Sampayo, several investigating teams from the CID were deployed to take him into custody and an operation was launched. Meanwhile, some relatives of his family and a brother of his had been questioned too.
Meanwhile, as a result of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ordering the Acting Inspector General of Police to obtain the support of intelligence sectors of the Security Forces to arrest him, further investigations commenced with the assistance of intelligence sectors.
As a result of an intelligence operation, yesterday a team of Police Officers including Inspector of Police of Negombo Headquarters S.V.K. Woodler, Sampayo was taken into custody.
The Negombo Magistrate’s Court had issued a warrant for four persons including Sampayo on 22 July in connection with providing facilities such as refrigerators to certain prison inmates. Three jailors of the Negombo Prison, who had warrants issued against them, surrendered to the CID and have been remanded.
Anuruddha Sampayo was taken into custody by a team of Police Officers including Officer-in-Charge of the Negombo Police Station, Chief Inspector of Police S.V.K. Woodler and investigations are being conducted under the direct supervision of Acting Inspector General of Police, C.D. Wickramaratne and Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Western Province, Deshabandu Tennakoon.
Sampayo was handed over to the CID for further investigations last night.
Arrested on 22 July, handed himself over to the Headquarters Inspector (HQI) at the Kurunegala Police Station yesterday afternoon.
They said the interdicted SP was subsequently placed under arrest and was due to be produced before a local Magistrate some time yesterday evening.
Earlier, Chief Jailors Sarath Bandara and Nishantha Senaratne and Jailor Kalinga Kaluaggala of the same prison surrendered to the CID and were subsequently remanded.
The suspects are alleged to have provided facilities, from a refrigerator to alcohol, tobacco products, mobile phones, upmarket food,fizz drinks etc to certain inmates, in return for cash handouts.
Meanwhile, Sampayo had also filed a writ petition at the Court of Appeal, seeking an injunction preventing him from being arrested.
On 30 July, the CID also recorded statements from two siblings of SP Sampayo, to trace his whereabouts, while he continued to evade arrest.