tricksters, robbers arrested
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
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
They had shown the merchants a gold nugget and
impressed them into believing they had a kilo of the
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
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.