A group of four individuals suspected of allegedly shooting at the gate of a home at Borella belonging to a company executive were taken into custody by the Colombo South Division Crime Investigation Unit.
A soldier under interdiction, the company executive’s security officer and his driver were among the suspects.
Investigations revealed that the company executive himself had planned the attack and assigned the contract to the soldier from the Kirindiwela area for Rs. 01 million.
The T56 rifle used in the shooting, two magazines and 64 rounds of ammunition had been recovered from his house in Kirindiwela.
The company executive had lodged a complaint with the Borella police regarding the shooting that had occurred between 5.30 am and 6 am on June 22.
Colombo South Division Crime Investigations Unit which took over the investigations over the incident arrested the company executive’s driver based on available information including CCTV footages.
On information provided by him under interrogation, police arrested the former solider from Kirindiwela.
Police said the soldier had been arrested five years ago for possession of a T56 rifle and the case against him was still pending and that he had been interdicted in connection with the incident.
Under interrogation, he stated that the company executive assigned the contract for Rs. 01 million and on the day of the incident (June 22) he travelled by bus to Borella, with the weapon in a bag, and had carried out the shooting.
It has been revealed that the company is managed by the executive and several of his brothers and that a special meeting regarding a project proposed by the complainant was to be held on June 22. Police said the suspect had planned the shooting to have some effect on the meeting.
Police said the company executive had planned the contract for Rs. 01 million and paid Rs.950,000 to the accomplices.
The suspects had confessed all details of the incident while being interrogated for 48 hours under detention orders