Sapugaskanda police have taken into custody four members of a robber gang, alleged to have been involved in murder and looting committed in several areas in the island. The gang is alleged to have killed a gang member and taking the body in his own car to Pussellawa where they pushed the car with the body inside down a 200-metre precipice after setting it ablaze on 22nd Friday.
The police have taken into custody two galkatas, a knife, live cartridges from the possession of the gang led by a run-away prisoner serving a ten year term of imprisonment. The police have recovered Rs. 100,000 worth of jewellery, a three-wheeler and a Mazda car used in the crimes.
The murdered person who happened to be one of the gang had met his death after a dispute concerning the distribution of the loot.
The deceased is K. Piyasiri Wijayananda (42) alias `Maliban Gamini` from Wanawasala.
The police have found out that Piyasiri was involved in looting Sanasa Bank Makola, foreign liquor shop at Mavaramandiya, a boutique and a house at Polhengoda.
Sapugaskanda police O.I.C. and his team under the instruction of Kelaniya S. P. Gamini Wijetunga conducted the raid.