Sept 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka police say that an investigation team has focused on the Army personnel who have checked a TNT-laden lorry 17 years ago and reported that it was free of explosives.
The police recently discovered a cache of explosives hidden in a lorry that was seized 17 years ago, when terrorist suicide attacks were frequent, in Kotahena, a locale of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.
According to police, following a tip-off that explosives were hidden inside Kotahena police seized the vehicle was on February 12, 1996, while it was parked near a temple in Kotahena,
At the time when the vehicle was searched the Army bomb disposal unit had found 75 kilograms of TNT hidden in the fuel tank and the army personnel after a thorough check had assured that there were no more hidden explosives.
The vehicle had remained in the police premises since then and recently police obtained permission from courts to discard the rusting evidence.
During the moving of the vehicle several more explosive packed boxes hidden in the chassis had fallen and a subsequent search has uncovered another 100 kilograms of TNT.
The Army personnel have apparently failed to discover the 100 kilograms of TNT hidden in the chassis of the lorry.
The Police have decided to report on three Army officials, a sergeant and two corporals who have left a note in a police log book saying that they had carried out a thorough search in the vehicle.
The Special Task Force (STF) is now examining the lorry and the explosives-packed boxes and a report will be submitted to the Courts, the police said.