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Foreign gang wanted over large-scale ATM theft!

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has launched an investigation on the orders of the IGP to arrest a group of foreigners who hacked into three ATM machines of a state bank and stole over Rs.10 million.

Preliminary investigations conducted by the Galle, Hikkaduwa and Baddegama Police revealed that the suspects have entered into the ATM booths and attached an electronic device to the ATM. They have taken all the money inside the machine by hacking into the machine’s software system.

Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that these foreigners had entered into three ATM booths of a State Bank located in Hikkaduwa, Karapitiya and Baddegama in the early hours of last 30th.

On the 26th, this group of foreigners had attempted to steal money by breaking into an ATM machine of another state bank in Narahenpita.

They have worn face masks and caps so that their faces could not be recognized.

Once the money was stolen from the ATM, the machine had still indicated that there’s money inside the machine. The bank officials were able to detect the theft when investigating this fact since money had disappeared without any customer withdrawing cash.

These foreigners had entered the bank in Hikkaduwa at around 1.40 am on the 30th. They had arrived in a car and withdrawn Rs.4,680,000 from the ATM machine.

Afterwards, they have gone to the ATM in Karapitiya at around 3.22 in the morning. They have only been able to withdraw Rs.275,000 since the security officer on duty at the bank had been present.

The third robbery had taken place at the Baddegama ATM where they stole Rs.5,700,000.

They have commited the crime by affixing a sticker to cover the security camera installed inside the ATM booth.

Investigation carried out into the number plate of the car in which the foreigners were travelling in, revealed that the car belongs to a person from Gampaha.

However, further inspections revealed that the suspects have used a vehicle with a fake number plate.

A senior police officer said that these foreigners have come from Ambalangoda and it appears that they have used the expressway.

He said that an investigation is being conducted into this as well.

Source: Dinamina

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (01) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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‘They were plotting to kills us’ – Wasantha reveals it all (Video)

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The Convener of the Inter-University Students’ Federation Wasantha Mudalige attended a media briefing for the first in 167 days on Thursday (2).

At this media briefing, he made certain startling revelations about what he experienced during his detention.

According to Wasantha Mudalige he was arrested by a police officer identified as ASP Mahinda Wiloarachchi from the Peliyagoda Special Police Unit.

Mudalige said he was taken to the Peliyagoda Police and thereafter to an emptied out Enderamulla Police where ASP Mahinda Wiloarachchi from the Peliyagoda Special Police Unit had a pistol on the table pointed at him in a bid to instill fear.

“At the Enderamulla Police, the person identified as ASP Mahinda Wiloarachch placed a pistol on the table pointed towards me, and asked if I recall what happened to Wijeweera and Vijaya Kumaratunga. He said that is what I deserved, however given the situation I would not be killed. He hinted to return in a few years, by late post,” said Wasantha Mudalige.

Furthermore, he said that following his arrest he was moved to the basement room of the Foreshore Police Dorm and kept in the dark, and later moved to the car park close to the Nawagamuwa Devalaya.

“There is a 10 feet drop to the river. They took us there, handcuffed us, placed their weapons all around and started making phone calls. The officer said over the phone that we have arrived at the location. The vehicle was placed there, arousing suspicions, and a police officer assigned to the security of the Nawagamuwa Devalaya came and inquired over the suspicious vehicle. The police officers saw this, and wanted to chase away that inquiring police officer. That was how they acted,” he told the press.

He also added that one particular police officer revealed that this was the method used to kill the underworld members, including the one-time don Makandure Madush.

Wasantha Mudalige also revealed that the officer from the Terrorist Investigations Division ASP Ratnayake who took over the investigation is also the main accused in the case filed over the murder of a person called Army Suranga who was killed after being arrested.

“While there were officers like ASP Wiloarachchi from the Peliyagoda Police, and ASP Ratnayake from the TID many other police officers protected us. When we were taken away in secret to police stations, the police officers who were at those police stations protect us. That is why we are able to come forward and speak like this today,” he revealed.

(newsfirst.lk)

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Paris Club to give SL financing assurances amid IMF debt talks

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The Paris Club of creditor nations is ready to provide financing assurances to Sri Lanka, a key step needed to unlock a $2.9 billion bailout by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The informal group of bilateral lenders is set to “soon” announce its support to the crisis-hit nation on a debt overhaul, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because talks are private.

The Asian island nation, which is grappling with soaring inflation, a recession and currency depreciation, entered into a staff level agreement with the IMF last Septemberග

But it needs financing assurances from key bilateral lenders before the fund’s executive board approves the programme.

Sri Lanka’s public debt stood at 122% of GDP, of which 70% is denominated in foreign currency, according to data in a country presentation to investors in November.

China and India, both non-Paris Club members, are the top bilateral lenders. “Paris Club assurance is not reliant on China,” said the source.

Another source said the informal group is currently reaching out to other non-Paris Club besides China on financing assurances, but did not provide any further details.

India previously committed to help ease the debt burden of neighbour Sri Lanka as part of the IMF programme, and China’s Eximbank offered a two-year moratorium in a letter sent to the island nation in January.

(Reuters)

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