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Confidence tricksters, robbers arrested

By Dyan Pathiravithana and Neminda Samarajeeva

Five merchants from Nupe in the Matara police division were trapped into a transaction by confidence tricksters and relieved of Rs. 2,000,000/- recently at Neluwa in the Hiniduma police division.
The conmen had information that some merchants were visiting the Neluwa area to see a prospective bridegroom for the daughter of one of the merchants.
They had called at the bridegroom’s home in Neluwa where they had been approached by two men offering them gold.

They had shown the merchants a gold nugget and impressed them into believing they had a kilo of the stuff.
The men from Nupe agreed to meet them subsequently at Dunhena, Hiniduma on August 16 to buy the gold.
On August 16, when the merchants arrived at the scheduled meeting place, the conmen had shown them a jewellery box that was supposed to contain the gold.
Two of the robbers on the pretext of offering the gold had rushed suddenly and run off with the bundle of cash containing Rs.2,000,000/- that was in the possession of the merchants.
The Hiniduma Police, after a futile search, handed over the case to the Southern Province Crime Investigation Bureau (SPCIB).

On August 22, the bureau was able to apprehend three suspects from a copra plant in Yatapatha in the Hiniduma area, according to OIC of the SPCIB,Inspector of Police, Sarath Mendis.
He said that the three in custody Upali Ranwela 22, Mahinda Ranawana and Chandragupta Subash 38 had allegedly pledged to cooperate with the Police and spilled out all names of those who got away with the loot.
They were produced in the Udugama Magistrate’s Court and remanded till September 2. Along with the suspects, the Police took into custody a Galkatas and two motorcycles, Neluwa Police said.
Others who took part in the raid led by IP Mendis were Inspector Jayantha Panawela, Sub Inspector R. Wijewardene and Police Constable 43091 Pathiratne.