held in Jaffna with loot
By Arthur Wamanan
The military and police tracked down nine suspects
in connection with several crimes in Jaffna.
A number of killings and burglaries have been
reported from the peninsula during the recent past.
Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General
Mahinda Hathurusinghe told The Nation that the
military, together with the support of the people,
were able to nab the suspects belonging to a gang.
He said the first suspect was arrested on Wednesday
when he tried to break into a house in Kopay,
“The people in the area saw this and quickly
informed the army personnel who were nearby. The
suspect is believed to be the leader of the gang,”
Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe said.
He said the suspect was handed over to the police
for questioning. Eight others were tracked down
following the initial arrest, according to the
Jaffna Special Force Commander.
The Jaffna Commander said the police were able to
recover around 150 sovereigns of gold and money from
the gang’s possession.
Maj-Gen Hathurusinghe clarified that the suspects
arrested were not connected to the LTTE or any other
“We have gone through their records. They are
regular criminals,” he added.
The Jaffna police have commenced operations to
reduce crime in the peninsula together with the
Police spokesperson SP Prishantha Jayakody said the
operation had been highly effective as it had
resulted in the reduction of crime.
“This operation with the area people has been very
effective. The people have given their maximum
support to control the situation,” he said.