Dispute over payment of Rs. 2 lakhs by same gang dealing with drugs

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Grandpass shooting:


By Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana

The shooting incident that resulted in four persons being injured on Nagalam Street in Grandpass on Tuesday evening has been identified as a dispute over a payment in the same gang that trade heroin and ganja, police said. 

At least four persons including a person identified as Ranga had been shot at point blank range by another narcotics dealer now identified as ‘Sedawatte Kudu Chutte’ near a pigeon cage in Nagalam Street.   

A senior police officer told the Daily Mirror that a recent dispute had broken out between two groups of the same narcotics gang that operates from Grandpass and Wellampitiya over a sum of Rs.200,000.   

The injured identified as Ranga and his associates had forcibly taken away a trishaw belonging to Chutte few weeks ago, as the latter had failed to settle Rs.200,000 from the sales of drugs.   

In retaliation, Chutte with some associates had stormed Nagalam Street on Tuesday and had threatened Ranga and others. The visitors were however beaten and chased away from the area, police said.   

Moments later Chutte armed with a 9mm pistol and with another man had returned to the same spot where the clash took place and had threatened to kill Ranga and few others.  There it was reported that Chutte was challenged by Range and others to use his weapon. The heated exchange of words had led to the suspect to open fire at four men and flee the scene.

The four casualties were Ranga, Harsha, Mohamed and Sandeepa had been rushed to the Emergency Treatment Unit of the National Hospital Colombo, where the first casualty had been subjected to an instant surgery. His condition is reportedly serious, police said.   Meanwhile, several police teams under Colombo Crime Division (CCD) and Grandpass Police are conducting investigations to find the fleeing gunman ‘Sedawatte Chutte’, who had also been recognized as an ex-supporter of slain underworld kingpin ‘Prince Collom’.   

Director CCD SSP Nishantha de Soyza and ASP CCD W. Chandrathilake with OIC Grandpass Police CI Wimal Shantha are conducting inquiries on the instructions of Senior DIG Western Province Nandana Munasinghe and DIG Colombo Lalith Pathinayake.