Apr 18, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Wednesday arrested a Municipal Councilor of Kaduwela in connection with the shooting at the Chief Executive Officer of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) Dr. Sameera Senaratne last year.
Kaduwela Municipal Councilor Wilathgamuwage Don Aruna Lakmal Kushantha, 43, was arrested by the CID early this morning at his residence in Welivita, Kaduwela.
Dr. Senaratne was shot at while travelling in his car by two armed men on a motorbike wearing full-face helmets on Chandrika Kumaratunga Mawatha near the SAITM campus in Malabe on 5 February 2017. He escaped the shooting unhurt.
The CID obtained a 48-hour detention order to interrogate the suspect after producing him before Kaduwela Magistrate today.
Since police suspect that the shooting was orchestrated by Dr. Senaratne the case has been handed over to the CID.
According to the police, investigations have revealed that the suspect, who is a close friend of Dr. Senaratne has orchestrated the shooting along with a driver of a local government institution. The duo has escaped following the shooting and the police were on the lookout to apprehend them.
The suspect would be produced in Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court tomorrow after interrogations.