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* Prison guard and immigration official arrested in Sri Lanka for helping drug kingpin to flee
Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 11:34 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 26, Colombo: The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of Sri Lanka police today arrested a prison guard and an assistant immigration controller for aiding a detained drug kingpin to flee the country.

The suspect, Tusitha Chamara alias Neelan alias Kudu Chamara, who was receiving treatment at the Ragama Hospital due to an illness while in detention, had escaped from the custody and attempted to flee the country when he was re-arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake yesterday morning.

Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana addressing the media said the suspect has promised Rs.20,000 to the prison guard and Rs. 100,000 to the immigration officer for their assistance in the escape.

The two officers were apprehended following information revealed by the suspect upon interrogation by the Police Narcotic Bureau.

The spokesman said the police are investigating to find out who had assisted the suspect to get a fraudulent passport. The Police Narcotics Bureau is still grilling the suspect to get more information, he added.

SSP Rohana added that the suspect will be produced in the Courts.

The drug lord reportedly controls a network of dealers in and around Colombo and he was arrested on June 20 for possessing 500 grams of heroin and sent to Mahara Prison. He escaped from the Ragama Teaching Hospital on June 29th while receiving treatment.

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