Although police is yet to identify the gang responsible for last week`s quadruple killings at Dompe, the victims` underworld colleagues are believed to be tracking down the assassins. `They must be on their trail,` a policeman said.
Among the victims were Sinnaiya Vijaya Ranjan (Wije Aiya), the 44-year-old brother of Kimbulaele Guna and 27-year-old brother-in-law Karupaiya Shandrakumar alias Sandra.
DIG Asoka Wijetilleke in charge of the Western Province (North) yesterday expressed confidence in making a breakthrough soon. `We have certain clues,` he said adding that investigators questioned the owner of the vehicle (WP JJ 2845) in which the four bodies were found.
They were abducted on their way home after visiting Wije Aiya`s wife, a notorious drug dealer serving a jail term at Welikada
Wijetilleke speculated that the victims had been abducted as they were travelling in the WP JJ 2845, brought to Dompe in a different vehicle, moved to their own vehicle and shot. The former director of the CID said that experts `lifted` several sets of fingerprints from the vehicle and were in the process of identifying them.
The DIG declined to comment on the identity of the gang involved in the killings.
Sri Lanka Police Inspectors` Association said that Guna was questioned by the CID regarding his alleged involvement with the LTTE following the abortive bid to assassinate President Chandrika Kumaratunga at the final presidential election campaign rally at Town Hall in December 1999.
The woman suicide bomber who detonated herself near President Kumaratunga is believed to have visited Guna`s Colombo 15 residence on the day of the attack.
Speculation is rife that Guna, a man on the police wanted list, who fled the country over a year ago is back. But several senior policemen said that they were not aware of Guna`s return.