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Army Ruwan' involved in a series of murders ... to custody

'Army Ruwan' involved in a series of murders ... to custody

A corporal who was a deserter of the army and is known as the ace gunman of the underworld and has committed a series of murders disguised as a Muslim lady dressed in burka was arrested on suspicion by a posse of policemen of law enforcement unit of Nugegoda division some days back. The suspect is one Ruwan Kumara (29) alias 'Army Ruwan", a resident of Suriyawewa. A senior police officer said that the suspect thus taken into custody is connected to a series of murders that
have taken place during the past in the South and Western provinces. Police say that under interrogation of the suspect it was possible to find information about 4 homicides. The suspect army corporal has gone to commit these murders disguised as a Muslim lady and wearing a burka, it was revealed at police investigations. 

A senior police official remarked that the following murders were committed by this underground element 'Army Ruwan": Gunning down at Kohuwala a millionaire businessman named Ranawaka Ruwan Perera living in Kohuwala on 28th July and in causing grievous hurt to another; murdering Sathipan Rajendran and Suppiah Madivanan Charles alias Madi while they were travelling in a motor vehicle in Hekiththa, Wattala on 13th of January the same year and in shooting down one Manohewa Ranjith Jayawardena when travelling by bus in Elpitiya area.

On a tip off received by senior superintendent of police, Mr. Laksiri Geethal in charge of Nugegoda division, inquiries were launched and the suspect was taken into custody in Udahamulla area by a team of policemen headed by inspector of police of the law enforcement unit of Nugegoda division Mr. Ranjith Edirisingha. Police say that it is 'Army Ruwan' who is considered as the chief gunman of strong underground leader of the South, Kosgoda Sujee, as revealed at inquiries. Kosgoda Sujee in fact has fled the country and is taking refuge in Dubai and has supplied names and addresses of those to be killed by 'Army Ruwan'. 

Apart from Kosgoda Sujee, 'Army Ruwan' has even been the gunman of Kosgoda Michael, Kennedy and Bumma the underground leader, police have received information, it is understood. It has come to be known that during the period this arrested suspect was on duty as corporal in the army, he has undergone about 10 special courses and has become a champion in shooting at a specific target, police sources reveal. Police further state that the suspect has even undergone a special course of training in India about jungle-fighting and terrorist-control. 

- Shrinath Prasanna Jayasuriya -   

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