Four policemen including an Inspector in charge of a Police Sports Unit in Kurunegala division responsible for a series of vehicle robberies in the area were taken into custody during the weekend.
The suspects an Inspector and three Police Constables were arrested on a tip off by a person whose vehicle was robbed by the suspects at gun point recently.
HQI Kurunegala police CI Anil Priyantha told the Daily Mirror the suspected policemen had robbed a car recently in the guise of requesting a lift. They had reportedly forcibly got control of the vehicle and dropped the driver on the way and fled the scene.
The driver who had gone to the police station attached to the Kurunegala division to lodge a complaint had identified one of the constables present there as one was with the robbers.
He had reported the incident to Kurunegala Police Headquarters Station and the suspected policemen were arrested.
According to initial investigations the suspects had been responsible for 17 vehicle robberies carried out in and out of the district and believed to have transferred the vehicles to uncleared areas in the East.
The suspects were later produced before Kurunegala Magistrate and remanded. The police are continuing investigations.