May 06, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Army, Navy and the Police have launched an extensive search in the general area of Ichchilampattai, Trincomalee after the recovery of a T56 weapon with several rounds of ammunition in a bag at Lanka Patuna beach near a Naval detachment on Monday (5 May).
Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the Sri Lanka Army and the Navy along with the Police have launched an investigation including a search to apprehend the suspects in relation to the recovery of the weapon.
According to preliminary investigations around 5:30 p.m. on Monday a senior sailor from the Navy camp located a few hundred meters away from the incident while jogging along the beach had seen two young males carrying something wrapped in a fertilizer bag.
The two individuals had acted strange carrying the suspicious looking parcel and when the sailor had approached them the suspects had escaped leaving the parcel containing the T56 and the ammunition on the beach.
A joint Army, Navy and Police investigation and search is underway and so far no arrests have been made, the military spokesman's statement said.
Sri Lanka's military authorities say there is a renewed attempt to revive the defeated Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the North and investigations into the activities of former LTTE operatives have resulted in several arrests which in turn have led to recovery of arms, ammunitions, explosives and other material that were in their possession.
The government on April 01 banned the LTTE and 15 other Tamil diaspora groups that are alleged of having terror links and involved in reviving the terrorist movement in the country.