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Gangster Mahesh issues death threats to Gampaha businessmen

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Members of the business community in Gampaha are receiving calls from a network of extortionists demanding millions of rupees, it was reported.

A daily newspaper revealed that the head of this extortion network ‘Heenatyana Mahesh’ who currently lives in Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE.

Some businessmen have given money in response to these phone calls while others have been threatened with death.

The extortionists have demanded ransom from the businessmen in order to spend for the suspects who killed two youths a few months ago over a dispute over a kite in Gamangedara in Minuwangoda.

It was reported that five to 10 million rupees have been demanded from many textile businessmen at Andiambalama in Kovinna.

Some businessmen have sent their children abroad since the extortionists have threatened to harm them if money is not given.

The newspaper revealed that a group of henchmen of Mahesh, who came to the office of a sand mining businessman, had demanded Rs.1,000 per sand truck.

When the businessman had refused to do so, he had been threatened with life.

It was reported that Mahesh has been charged with murder and drug trafficking and he has fled to the UAE when he was about to be convicted in two cases pending in the High Court.

It has been reported that Mahesh has been posting various posts on social media threatening the police officers who arrest his henchmen.

Mahesh is said to have also used the name of Kesel Baddara Padmasiri.

The security forces have also revealed that Heenatiyana Mahesh is said to be in close contact with Ganemulla Sanjeewa who is currently in India.

It was also said that many businessmen have abandoned using telephones due to Mahesh’s threats.

Say no to ransom: Police Spokesman

Police Spokesman Nihal Thalduwa said the Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of a division or an Assistant Superintendent of Police could be informed in writing or verbally if anyone receives calls demanding ransoms.

“The police will always protect the confidentiality of the complainants and carry out investigations. Therefore, there is no need to be afraid to report any incident,” he said.

Source – Aruna

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Chinese communist party vice minister Sun Haiyan visits Sri Lanka

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Vice Minister of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party, Sun Haiyan, is set to arrive in Sri Lanka today for a two-day official visit, as reported by The Thinakaran Newspaper.

During her visit, Sun Haiyan is scheduled to engage in discussions with high-ranking government officials, including President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The discussions are anticipated to cover various bilateral matters of mutual interest between China and Sri Lanka.

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Two killed in police shooting following failed checkpoint stop

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Two people died in police fire on Tuesday (23) morning.

The Police Media Division said that officers opened fire at a three wheeler that failed to comply with orders to stop at a checkpoint near the Meegoda – Delketiya junction.

The incident took place at around 1:50 AM.

Sri Lanka Police said that after officers ordered the three wheeler to stop, the driver had slowed down the vehicle, and those inside had opened fire at the police and fled to Moragahahena.

Accordingly, the Moragahahena Police was immediately informed of the shooting.

A group of officers from the Colombo South Crimes Division who were at the Moragahahena Police for a separate inquiry upon hearing the incident had attempted to stop the three wheeler from fleeing.

The three wheeler that continued to disregard orders to stop had proceeded to the Tyre Factory located along the Meepe Road in Moragahahena, where shots were fired at them by officers from the Colombo South Crimes Division.

Sri Lanka Police said two people who were injured in the shooting succumbed to their injuries upon admission to hospital.

Another person who was in the three wheeler had fled the scene.

The deceased were 42 and 35 year old males from Thanamalvila.

Police said a firearm was also recovered from the three wheeler’

(newsfirst.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by newsfirst.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Iranian President to visit SL – MFASL

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President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Ebrahim Raisi is scheduled to make an official bilateral visit to Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka (MFASL) states.

President Raisi will visit the island nation at the invitation of President Ranil Wickremesinghe to jointly declare open the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project on 24 April 2024, the statement adds.

The Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project, funded by Sri Lanka and Iran, is designed to generate and add 120 Megawatt electricity to Sri Lanka’s national grid and provide irrigation to approximately 25,000 acres of paddy lands in the south eastern part of Sri Lanka.

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