STF shoots at cab speeding through roadblock

By Sandeep Tissaaratchy | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 17 2021

By Sandeep Tissaaratchy

Special Task Force personnel at a checkpoint in Point Pedro opened fire at a cab on 16 April when it failed to follow orders to stop, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.

Two persons inside the vehicle sustained injuries after the STF opened fire at the cab and are receiving treatment at Point Pedro Hospital.

DIG Rohana said that the relevant checkpoint was set up by the STF to protect a natural sand deposit from illegal sand miners in the area.

When the STF personnel noticed the cab speeding towards the roadblock, they dragged two spike strips in order to signal the driver to stop.  However, the driver failed to obey orders and continued to speed in the direction of the STF personnel who suspected that the driver was trying to run them over, DIG Rohana said. 

Sensing danger, the STF officers were compelled to use force in terms of the provisions of the Penal Code, DIG Rohana added.

The cab fled the scene after the shooting and it was later revealed that two persons were receiving treatment for gunshot wounds at Point Pedro Hospital. 

Police suspect that the two persons in question were aboard the speeding cab involved in the altercation. 

The Point Pedro Police are conducting further investigations into the incident.

By Sandeep Tissaaratchy | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 17 2021

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