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Shots fired into air during commotion at Panadura 

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A shooting incident was reported at Sylvan Lane in Panadura last night (30), the Panadura-South Police said.

Police said the shooting was done by a lawyer working at the Hulftsdorp Court complex in Colombo, and no one was injured in the shooting.

The suspected lawyer and two women who were with him have been arrested, and the 9mm pistol used in the shooting and the luxury jeep they arrived in have also been taken into police custody. Police said the pistol was licensed.

A woman friend of the lawyer had given a loan to a person in Panadura. Since this person had failed to pay back the loan, the woman had arrived at his home at Sylvan Lane along with another woman and the lawyer.

Police investigations said that there was a heated argument between the two groups and the lawyer and fired shots in the air when the other group had attempted to attack him.

The luxury jeep in which the lawyer came had also been damaged.

The Panadura crime scene laboratory officials conducted investigations and found an empty 9mm ammunition casing lying at the place of the shooting, police said.

The suspects were to be produced in the Panadura Magistrate’s Court today.

(Lankadeepa)

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Sri Lanka Railways GM passes away

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Sri Lanka Railways General Manager H. M. K. W. Bandara passed away today (23) due to a sudden illness.

He  was appointed as the railways chief in November 2023.

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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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