Harak Kata’s escape bid: Two burnt phones of CID cop, driver found
The Colombo Crimes Division has found the mobile phone used by the Police Constable and the driver of the car in the operation of bringing international drug smuggler Nadun Chinthaka Wickramaratne alias ‘Harak Kata’ out of the CID premises from a garbage dump opposite a hotel in Kadawatha. The investigators said that these two phones were burnt.
The constable, who attempted to help ‘Harak Kata’ escape, had given some milk toffees to the CID investigating officers, to eat with their tea which had been mixed with medicines used to anesthetise patients during surgery and for mental patients to intoxicate them on September 10.
When the operation of helping ‘Harak Kata’ to escape the CID, proved unsuccessful, the Police Constable had fled. It is now 20 days since he has gone missing.
Police arrested the driver and the assistant of a vehicle which had been prepared to take away ‘Harak Kata’ after he his escape from the CID on September 10, at Sea Road, Weligama. The suspect, Dinesh Tharanga, a resident of Ibbawala, Weligama who was the driver of the car, and the other suspect have been detained under the Temporary Provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act for 90 days and kept at the Colombo Crimes Division for questioning. According to information revealed, from the time the Constable ran out of the CID on September 10, up to the time he went to Kadawatha by car, the phone he had used to be in touch with Midigama Ruwan as well as the phone used by the driver to be connected to Midigama Ruwan were found near a hotel on Shramadana Mawatha on the road leading to the Kadawatha Expressway.
A special Police team had gone there and carried out a search, after information was revealed during questioning that the phones had been dumped on a pile of garbage near a hotel and set on fire. A high-ranking police officer said that the two half-burnt phones were recovered.
He said that since only a very small part of the two mobile phones had been burnt at the time of the discovery, it would be possible to use it for investigations and uncover a lot of important information.
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