June 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka police are seeking public assistance to nab a former explosive expert of the Tamil terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who had escaped arrest during a search operation.
Police Media Spokesmen SSP Ajith Rohana said at a media briefing today that the during a search operation on June 04, the police arrested an individual in the possession of nearly 15 kilograms of TNT explosives in the Madhu area of Mannar.
A second suspect believed to be an explosive expert of the now defunct terrorist group had escaped during the police operation and remains at large.
The arrested suspect, Nandarasa Saundranayagam, a resident of Madhu, was handed over to the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) for interrogation and during questioning he had revealed the identity of the second suspect who escaped.
SSP Ajith Rohan identified the escaped suspect as Gunasekara Mudiyanselage Nilanka Jude Anthony also known as Cyril Nilangam Jude Anthony. He was known in the terrorist outfit by his nom de guerre "Villango".
The Police spokesman said Anthony is also in the possession of explosives.
According to SSP Rohana the suspect has knowledge of the landmines buried by the LTTE during the war in the area between Madhu and Kanagarayankulam as a protective barrier. He has dismantled buried land mines to collect the explosives and sell them to local fishermen for illegal fishing.
The Police requested the public to provide any information on Anthony leading to his arrest to the telephone number 011-2451636 or 011-2451634.