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‘Criminals’ 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, Jaffna.
“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 armed groups.
“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 people.
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.