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Rajangane Saddharathana Thero, remanded

COLOMBO (News 1st); Ven.

Rajangane Saddharathana Thero who was arrested by the CID, and produced to the Fort Magistrate's Court, was remanded to the 7th of June, said Sri Lanka Police.Venerable Rajanganaye Saddharathana Thero was arrested in Anuradhapra on the charge of making comments that harm religious co-existence in Sri Lanka.Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that the arrest was made by the CID in Anuradhapura.


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Nihal Thalduwa - Woman dies during arrest; family claims negligence - - Sri Lanka
Woman dies during arrest; family claims negligence
COLOMBO (News 1st); A woman from Panadura had died during the course of arrest by Sri Lanka Police on Thursday (25) morning.Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa told News 1st that the Panadura Range Crimes Division is conducting an investigation in to the incident.Officers attached to the Panadura North Police had visited the residence of the 52-year-old woman in question located in Diggala, Panadura in order to ascertain information over illegal liquor peddling.The police officers had later arrested her and decided to take her to the police station.However, the family of the woman claimed they urged police not to take her citing that she was ill and was a patient at the Panadura Hospital.The family said Sri Lanka Police disregarded these claims, and that the woman stressed that she was not feeling well when she was getting into a three-wheeler.The family also claimed that the police officers refused to take her to a hospital, and they (the family) had to call for a vehicle to take her to the hospital.However, upon admission the woman had passed away and the remains were placed at the Panadura Base Hospital for the post-mortem examination.Sri Lanka Police said the woman had fallen ill while being moved to the police station, and she was arrested for the possession of illegal liquor.Police also said that the family was advised to hospitalize the woman, and she died upon admission to the hospital.
Nihal Thalduwa - Snr. DIG & several top cops from North Western province transferred to Colombo -
Snr. DIG & several top cops from North Western province transferred to Colombo
COLOMBO (News 1st); Several police officers from the North Western Province including a Senior DIG have been given transfers to Colombo.Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa told News 1st that Senior DIG in charge of the North Western Province, Puttlam DIG, Puttlam SSP, Puttlam SP and the Anamaduwa OIC were given transfers.Senior DIG in charge of the North Western Province Lalith Pathinayake was transferred to Police Headquarters.The other officers have been transferred to the Police Field Force Headquarters.Senior DIG Sajiva Medawatte was appointed as the Acting DIG for the North Western Province.It is reported that the transfers came into effect following an incident where a Police Constable attached to the Nawagattegama Police Station, the North Western Province, was beaten up on the 22nd of March.According to the Police Spokesperson, on the 22nd of March the Police Constable had obtained leave and gone home, and on that day he was engaged in an altercation with a group of Police Task Force personnel who were loitering opposite his residence.Following the brawl, the STF personnel had dumped the injured police constable in the cemetery in the area.Five Police Special Task Force personnel were arrested following the incident, and they are attached to the Puttlam STF camp.The arrested personnel at two Inspectors, one Police STF Sergeant, two Police STF constables.
Nihal Thalduwa - ‘Booru Moona’ leads cops to high-powered explosives - - Sri Lanka - city Dubai
‘Booru Moona’ leads cops to high-powered explosives
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Police said that 662 grams of high-powered explosive were recovered following the interrogation of  Ravindu Warnaranga also known as 'Booru Moona'.Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa told News 1st that the explosives were found concealed near an electricity post in Hanwella.Ravindu Warnaranga also known as 'Booru Moona', a wanted criminal who escaped police custody and was evading capture, was arrested close to the Court Complex in Avissawella on Friday (17).Police Spokesperson & Attorney SSP Nihal Thalduwa told News 1st that 'Booru Moona' was wanted by authorities for a series of murders and other crimes.‘Booru Moona’ had attempted to fly to Dubai under a false name from the Katunayake Airport on February 24th, and he was arrested by Immigration Officers at the BIA, who then handed him over to the Airport Police.Thereafter, he had escaped police custody and two monks along with another man were arrested by the Katunayake Police for facilitating the escape of the suspect.Moreover, a husband and wife duo who were arrested for providing accommodation to the fugitive ‘Booru Moona’ who escaped while in the custody of the Katunayake Airport Police,  were remanded.‘Booru Moona’ was identified as the shooter by detectives who investigated the incident where a owner of a restaurant was shot dead at point-blank range in Hanwella on December 18th in 2022.The court had granted Sri Lanka Police to detain and interrogate the suspect for a period of 72 hours.
Nihal Thalduwa - Dinesh Schaffter - Brian Thomas - Police record statements from over 10 people over Schaffter murder - - Sri Lanka
Police record statements from over 10 people over Schaffter murder
Colombo (News 1st): Police say statements were recorded from over 10 people regarding the murder of respected Colombo-based businessman Dinesh Schaffter.Police said continuous investigations will be carried out over the incident, with four Police teams deployed.Schaffter was found strangled in his car at the Borella Public Cemetery on Thursday (15) afternoon.He died on Thursday (15) night after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the National Hospital.Dinesh Schaffter was 51-years-old at the time of his passing.Dinesh Schaffter had left his residence on Thursday (15) afternoon and had told his family that he was heading to Borella to meet Former Cricket commentator Brian Thomas.Police Spokesperson & Attorney SSP Nihal Thalduwa told News 1st that a complaint was filed with the Police earlier stating that the former cricket commentator had taken Rs.1.4 billion from the businessman, and had not returned the money.Sri Lanka Police recorded a statement from Thomas, as Dinesh Schaffter had told his wife that he was going to meet Thomas.Accordingly, Colombo Additional Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela on Friday (16) imposed an overseas travel ban on Thomas over the murder of Dinesh Schaffter.It was reported that Thomas is in possession of two passports, and the overseas travel ban was imposed for both these passports by the court.Court also granted permission for the Borella Police to obtain a telecommunication analysis report on the mobile device used by the late Dinesh Schaffter, from telecommunication service providers.
Ranil Wickremesinghe - Nihal Thalduwa - Kandakadu Brawl: Over 200 detainees remanded - - Sri Lanka
Kandakadu Brawl: Over 200 detainees remanded
COLOMBO (News 1st) – 217 detainees who were arrested for their involvement in the recent brawl at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center were remanded.Police Spokesperson & Attorney SSP Nihal Thalduwa told News 1st that the detainees were produced to the Polonnaruwa and Hingurakgoda Magistrate Courts and were thus remanded.Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi told News 1st that an investigation is underway over the brawl, adding that a five-member committee comprising of senior ranks will investigate the brawl at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center.The report prepared by this investigation body will be handed over to the Justice Minister upon completion.Sri Lankan authorities said that scores of detainees held at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center fled the premises following Sunday (6) night's brawl.According to reports, the cause of the brawl was a dispute over the use of a bucket used for bathing at the premises.547 detainees were at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center at the time of the brawl.The Commissioner General of Rehabilitation said that steps will be taken to start assessing the damage caused to the facility following the brawl, and it will be carried out by government officers.On the 29th of June 2022, a brawl broke out at the same facility resulting in the death of one detainee, while 400 others escaped.Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for a full report on the Kandakadu Rehab Center incident.The President's Media Division said that the necessary steps needed to be taken to avert a recurrence of such incidents have also been called for, following discussions with Justice Minister Wijeyadasa