Top cop arrested over businessman’s abduction and murder

A high-ranking police officer in Sri Lanka was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Monday for allegedly aiding and abetting the abduction and murder of businessman Mohamed Shiyam, ‘The Island’ newspaper reported.

The top cop was arrested after a sub-inspector and three constables serving in a unit under him, were held last Thursday over the murder of the wealthy businessman.

The body of the businessman, later identified as 35-year-old, Mohamed Shiyam of Sagara Road, Bambalapitiya, was found at Dompe on May 23 with gunshot injuries.

The CID seized two service pistols from the Peliyagoda police station, suspected to have been used in the killing. The murdered businessman’s vehicle has been found in the Nugegoda area.
Meanwhile, the  ‘Daily Mirror’ reported that an application has been filed before the Appeal Court, by the family members of Malabe IT University student Nipuna Ramanayake, seeking  justification from the former Attorney General and the present Chief Justice as to why he failed to indict the top police officer for allegedly abducting and assaulting Ramanayake.

He was abducted in August  2009 by armed policemen who came is a police jeep and blindfolded and assaulted him.

The case is to be heard at the Appeal Court for the first time on June 25.

25kg of marijuana worth Rs1million seized

Police in Sri Lanka’s North Western Province on Monday arrested a man who was transporting 25kg of marijuana worth Rs1 million from Thanamalwila in Uva Province to Chilaw, ‘Ada Derana’ reported.

The local police in Chilaw nabbed the suspect with the stock of marijuana in Kakkappalliya, Ponnankanniya area.

The suspect admitted that he was transporting the stock to be distributed in the Chialw, Arachchikattuwa, Madampe and Marawila areas in the North Western province.

Heroin worth Rs4 million seized in Colombo

Police in Sri Lanka has arrested a drug dealer in a suburb of Colombo and seized heroin worth Rs4 million from him, the ‘Divaina’ newspaper reported.

The suspect, a resident of Badowita II Stage, Mount Lavinia, was nabbed after police was tipped off  that he was engaged in the drug business in the Boralesgamuwa area of Sri Lanka’s capital.

Police said the suspect was selling drugs in a rented house for which he was paying Rs20,000 a month. A three-wheeler vehicle used for transporting narcotic materials was also seized by the police.

Police also found more than a million pieces of paper used to package drugs. The arrested man said he received drugs from a dealer called Wele Sudha who is absconding.