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Suspects arrested over Athurugiriya shooting, remanded

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Seven suspects including the tattoo studio owner arrested in connection with the shooting incident in Athurugiriya on July 08, have been remanded by the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court.

The were ordered to be remanded until July 22 after being produced before the court today (July 10). 

Police yesterday arrested seven suspects including the owner of the tattoo studio in Athurugiriya, where the shooting incident took place.

The other arrested individuals are suspected to have aided and abetted in the shooting incident.

During the investigations carried out thus far, it has been revealed that the owner of the tattoo studio has received an amount of Rs. 1 million over a period of time.

Earlier, Athurugiriya Police had recorded statements from five individuals including the owner of the tattoo shop in question.

The shooting incident had resulted in the death of two including Surendra Wasantha Perera alias ‘Club Wasantha’ and injured 04 others.

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Prasanna urges Ranil to declare candidacy promptly

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During a spirited rally in Kadawatha today, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga passionately urged President Ranil Wickremesinghe to promptly announce his candidacy for the presidency within the upcoming week.

“The people of Gampaha eagerly await your decision. Please do not delay any further in declaring your intention to contest,” Minister Ranatunga urged with conviction.

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Harin awards Rs. 1M to Olympic athletes

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Harin Fernando has awarded financial sponsorship cheques of Rs. 1 million each to six athletes participating in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Additionally, prize money totaling Rs. 1280 lakh was distributed to athletes and coaches who secured medals and top-eight positions in the last Asian and Paralympic Games in Hangzhou, China.

Young sprinter Tharushi was among the highly rewarded, receiving Rs. 15 million for her Asian Games gold medal along with another Rs. 2.5 million for her relay medal.

Minister Fernando emphasized the significance of encouraging athletes even amidst the country’s financial crisis. 

He expressed his commitment to promoting sports and highlighted the importance of discipline in representing Sri Lanka. He urged athletes to dedicate themselves to achieving victory, meeting the high expectations of the nation.

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Former INSSSL Director General Asanka Abeygunasekara arrested

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The former Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka (INSSSL) Asanka Abeygunasekara has been arrested by police.

Abeygunasekara, against whom there was a pending open warrant over a case filed by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning (21), police said.

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