The widow and brother of internationally renowned accupunturist Dr. Anton Jayasuriya, who died last week had a harrowing experience at the hands of an armed gang that ransacked his residence at International Buddhist Centre Road at Wellawatte on Friday night and got away with a van and a BMW car belonging to him.
Wellawatte police Inspector Nihal Mendis said he had deployed two separate police teams to probe the daring robbery.
Don Augustine, a close friend of late Dr Jayasuriya and an eyewitness to the robbery said he accompanied by the widow and the brother of Dr Jayasuriya drove to the residence around 6:30 pm after visiting his gravesite at Kanatte. As they arrived, the robbers who were already inside the premises and holding employees and some other visitors, including two other doctors at gunpoint, accosted them.
Mr. Augustine himself had been held in a separate room, while the English speaking robbers who disconnected the telephone lines before fleeing, apparently posed as CID officers. He had seen at least three of them armed with pistols.
It is believed that their sudden arrival had prevented the robbers from staging a much bigger heist and caused their hasty departure.
Dr Jayasuriya is known to have owned a dozen or so luxury vehicles, including Rolls Royces, and Cadillacs. It is still unknown whether the robbers took any valuables from the home.