Two persons, said to be Sinhala Tigers, were arrested with two T56 assault rifles and 119 bullets near the Abhaya Wewa reservoir by the Anuradhapura police on Wednesday (2).
A senior officer of the Anuradhapura police said the two were arrested at their homes on a tip off received by SSP McCarthy Perera. After questioning the suspects police Found the two weapons and ammunition which had been hidden in a pit dug in the house of one of the suspects.
Police said they had information that LTTE cadres had been visiting the homes of the suspects for some time and both of them had been given weapons training by the LTTE at Kilinochchi.
Since the homes of the two suspects were near the Jaya Sri Mahabodhi shrine, Swarnamali Stupa, Th
uparamaya, Abhayagiriya and the Maha Vihara pilgrims rest, which were close to the transit army camp, police were trying to find out whetheran attack on the camp or on a VIP visiting the shrines was being planned
Police were also trying to find out whether the suspects had a hand in the LTTE suicide squad attack on the Anuradhapura Air Base last year.
The suspects are Hattotuwage Chitrananda alias Chitra (48) a carpenter and Senanayakage Don Asiri Kamal (28) a motor mechanic. The father of the first suspect is a Tamil while the mother of the second was also Tamil police said. Police have obtained detention orders to question the two suspects further.
Investigations are being conducted by a special team of policemen under the direction of the DIG Jayantha Jayasinghe and SSP McCarthy Perera, police said.