TID to carry out further investigations into copper factory employees

May 28, 2019

Action has been taken to hand over further investigations relating to the nine employees of the Wellampitiya copper factory who are presently out on bail, to the Terrorist Investigation Division. A report was submitted to the Colombo Magistrates Courts on Monday (27) by the TID in this regard and permission was obtained to question the nine employees by the TID. The other suspect who is under remand custody has been further remanded till 10th June, revealed the Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara during a press briefing at the Media Centre in Kollupitiya on Monday (27).

The Police Spokesman requested the public to be more aware when using social media as several incidents have reported of the use of very old incidents in social media sites to create disunity and hatred among the communities. He requested that people be more conscious when using social media.

The suspect who was arrested in connection with the recovery of grenades from a school in Dikhena in Baduraliya is being detained and questioned by the Colombo Crimes Division. During a search operation carried out in the area, a brother of the suspect, named Pavithra Pushpakumara was taken into custody for having in his passion 972 grams of explosives materials. He has been placed under remand custody.

Acting on information, the Negombo police raided a house in Angurukaramulla in Negombo on Sunday evening (26) and found a stock of cheap and expired imported cosmetic products. Investigations have revealed that these products were intended to be resold after replacing the old packages and altering the expiry dates. Two suspects have been taken into custody in connection in this regard.

Even though the Navy has not been officially informed, it has taken measures to step up security and issued necessary instructions to all ships, craft and establishments after unconfirmed reports in the Indian media of 15 ISIS suspects attempting to escape to Lakshadweep islands from the country, said so the Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Isuru Sooriyabandara at the press briefing. He also reiterated that the Navy had put into operation a special security operation since the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings. These security measures have been very successful in preventing many illegal activities. The Navy has been able to apprehend a large quantity of illegal drugs in the recent past and on Friday an illegal immigration attempt was busted in deep seas 715 nautical miles off the Southern coast. Navy personnel were able to intercept and arrest a boat carrying 41 local illegal immigrants to Australia in seas about 3000km away from our shores. The navy's round the clock security operations will continue to be in place stressed the Navy Spokesman.

Meanwhile, Navy personnel during a search operation in Mattakkuliya had recovered an abandoned drone from under the Mattakkuliya bridge. Investigations are continuing in this regard.