Suspect in Katuwana double murder identified - IGP
‘One suspect wanted in connection with the Katuwana double murder has
been identified by a witness. Police are taking measures to arrest him
and get to the root of the crime,’ said the Inspector General of Police
(IGP) N.K. Ilangakoon yesterday.
He made this observation yesterday at a press conference at the Media
Centre for National Security in connection with the Katuwana double
murder committed on June 15 by a group of unidentified gunmen.
He said a strong contingents of Police, Police STF, Police SOCO unit,
CID, Army, Intelligence Unit and other relevant authorities under the
direction of the Defence Secretary are conducting thorough
investigations into the crime.
The Police has so far questioned 25 persons and the CID 23 persons in
this connection and recorded statements
He said the Police learnt through investigations that about 60
persons had participating in the JVP rally. About 10 persons riding four
motor - cycles had come at around 7 pm and opened fire at the rally
killing two and injuring another two.
The IGP further said the Police responding to the message rushed to
the crime scene and took measures to transport the victims to hospitals.
Police SOCO Unit officers arrived at the scene to conduct primary
investigations. The Army and Police Special Task Force were also
deployed to investigate and raid under the directions of Defence
Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
IGP Ilangakoon also stated that as the crime was severe, the CID was
directed to conduct investigations from June 16. Meanwhile, the
Fingerprint Department and Police Dog Division also were directed to
conduct investigations. The magistrate too visited the scene.
The intelligence units were directed to conduct investigations.
He added all probable measures will be taken to bring the culprits to
Media Centre for National Security Director General Lakshman
Hulugalla, Senior DIG (Southern Province)Lalith Jayasekara, Police
Spokesman SP Ajith Rohana also participated in the press conference.