STF shoots gangland godfather
*Attacked STF officer while trying to flee
*Wanted for murder extortion, rape, weapons sales
Notorious underworld figure Mohammed Azmin alias ‘Mamazmi’ was shot
dead by Special Task Force (STF) personnel early yesterday morning in
Mamazmi was wanted in connection with a number of crimes, including
murder, extortion, rape, drug dealing, and illegal weapons sales.
The STF, Maligawatte Police and the Colombo Crimes Division of the
Police launched a number of raids earlier to capture him. He is said to
have disguised himself on several occasions and had used three separate
identity cards to escape detection, according to police.
He is also said to have worn women’s attire sometimes and had
appeared in public wearing clothes worn by Muslim ladies on several
occasions, according to sources.
Although he resided in the Eppelwatte area in Maligawatte he is said
to have owned several houses in other areas.
Mamazmi was arrested during a raid conducted by the STF. STF
personnel had then taken him in a jeep where he was to reveal more
weapons hidden by him.
At this point, he had allegedly attacked the STF officer driving the
jeep and had tried to strangle him in a bid to escape, forcing other STF
personnel in the vehicle to open fire.
This confrontation had taken place in a road adjoining the BMICH. An
injured STF officer was admitted to hospital. Mamazmi is a close
associate of underworld leader Fari, who was killed sometime back. He is
said to have operated a gang with a large number of associates working
under him. About two years back, Mamazmi’s brother Mohammed Rasooldeen,
another underworld character, had been killed in confrontation with a
police team led by head of the Maligawatte Police Rohan Perera. The
Police had information that Mamazmi had protection from several
prominent people including a parliamentarian and two Municipal Council
members. The Police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 1 million for
anyone who could provide reliable information on the whereabouts of this