According to the 'Divaina' newspaper, 20 of these underworld gangs are active in the Western Province while 06 groups are operating in several areas of the Southern Province.
The survey has revealed that the majority of these gang leaders are currently overseas while others are continuing to lead while being imprisoned.
Gangs in Western Province
According to the survey and the news report, the following gangs are operating in the Western Province :
The underworld gang led by 'Dematagoda Chaminda' and his brother is active in the Dematagoda area. Investigations have revealed that 'Dematagoda Chaminda' has been operating his gang from prison.
A separate gang operates in the Bloemendhal area in Kotahena led by 'Bloemendhal Sanka', who is abroad.
'Angoda Lokka', leads his gang based in the Angoda area, from Dubai.
Meanwhile, the underworld gang operated by 'Paspodda' is based in Gampaha.
The underworld gang operating in Kaduwela is led by a criminal named 'Urujuwa', who leads his gang from within the Boossa Prison.
The gang, led by 'Dunagaha Suji', operates in the Divulapitiya area while the gang of the notorious 'Barrel Sanka' operates in the Peliyagoda area.
'Gonakovil Anju' leads his underworld gang from Italy. The gang operated by 'Gonakovil Roha' is based in Moratuwa and Ratmalana.
The gang operating in the Kotahena, Mutwal area is led by 'Pukudukannah' and Kennedy alias 'Bumma'. Gangs led by 'Welle Suranga' as well as 'Kudu Roshan' of Mattakkuliya also operate in the Mutwal area.
Meanwhile, 'Rimotion and Canistus', who are sons of the infamous underworld gangster - 'Selli', are based in the Jampettah street in Kotahena.
The Maligawatta based underworld gang is led by 'Kanjipani Imran', who is currently held in the Angunakolapelessa Prison.
The gang led by a criminal named 'Bimsara' is based in the Wanathamulla area while 'Ganemulle Sanjeewa' operates from Ganemulla, Gampaha.
'Kaduwela Indra' has been flexing his power in the areas of Kaduwela, Hanwella Ranala and Bomiriya areas.
'Keselwatte Dinuka' leads his underworld gang from Dubai.
Meanwhile, six underworld groups based in the Southern Province are as follows:
The infamous 'Kosgoda Tharaka' who is currently imprisoned, has been leading his gang that is operating in the Galle, Ratgama and Kosgoda areas.
Meanwhile the gang of 'Makandure Madush' is based in Matara, Kamburupitiya and Makandura areas and is currently being led by underworld members 'Matara Dilshan' and 'Harakkata'.
The gang of 'Midigama Chinthaka' also operates in the Southern Province.
An underworld gang led by 'Army Amila' is based in Rathgama while another gang led by 'Navy Ruwan' is active in the Tangalle area.
(Source : Divaina)