A group of criminal investigation department officials is planning to travel to Antananarivo, Madagascar, shortly to bring the underworld criminals, including the powerful drug smugglers Nadun Chinthaka Wickramaratne alias Harak Katat Salindu and Malshitha Gunaratne alias Panadure Kudu Salidu, to the country.
The police are planning to send four officers to Madagascar for this purpose.
Although there were 08 people arrested along with Nadun Chinthaka Wickramaratne alias Harak Katat and Salindu Malshitha Gunaratne alias Panadure Kudu Salidu only two people have been prescribed the international police red notice issued.
Hence, it would be an onerous task on the part of the police to bring the other six to Sri Lanka, including the woman identified as the wife of “Harak Kata” and her father, who belong to the same group.
After Salindu was arrested in Dubai along with Harak Kata on a previous occasion, lawyers from Sri Lanka went there to represent him and save them from being deported. Taking the earlier experience into consideration, attention has now been drawn to the need to plan the operation meticulously to bring them back.
A list of names has also been received by the police to identify all eight suspects, but the fake names used by them to obtain passports have prevented them from identifying them.
However, close scrutiny of their pictures has revealed many details about the other suspects, who are known criminals wanted by the police. The police will not reveal the names for the moment since they are working on a different modus operandi to bring them down.
This underworld criminal gang, including cattle rustlers and drug lords, was arrested by the country’s security forces in Madagascar on the 1st.
It has been revealed that the Panadura drug kingpin has invested money in a gem mine in Madagascar and has been staying as an investor in that country for a long time, and the black money earned from drug trafficking has been laundered through the gem mines in Madagascar.
They were arrested when they arrived at the airport in Madagascar with the intention of traveling to another country. The country’s media reported that they were arrested on January 1 when they were leaving Madagascar.