‘Kota Tharanga’ arrested

Tharanga Kumara alias ‘Kota Tharanga,’ a close associate of underworld figure ‘Makandure Madush’ and a suspect wanted in connection with several crimes was taken into custody by the Keselwatta Police with 5.230 grams of heroin from the Beira Lake area.

The raid was conducted on a tip-off by the Keselwatta Police.

Police said that there was an open warrant against the suspect.

The 32-year-old suspect is a resident of Colombo 12.

According to Police sources, the suspect is wanted in connection with several crimes including sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in Borella in 2010, transporting three T56 firearms and providing accommodation for criminals.He is also a suspect in a number of court cases being heard.

He was produced before the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Keselwatta Police is investigating.

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