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‘Ala Bole’ arrested for prison bus shooting

A 24-year-old suspect was arrested yesterday with two mobile phones in connection with the shooting at a prison bus in Kalutara recently, Police said.

Seven persons including a prominent underworld figure Aruna Udayashantha alias Samayan and two prison officers were killed when a prison bus was shot at in Kalutara on February 27.

An unidentified group of gunmen had opened fire at the bus while it was carrying Prisoners from Kalutara Prison to Kaduwela Magistrate courts.

They said the suspect was arrested by the Colombo Crime Division officers on charges of providing shelter and assistance to the shooters.

The suspect was identified as Wickramasinghege Don Samith Chanaka alias ‘Ala Bole’ who was a resident of Kamburugamuwa area in Matara.

He is to be produced before the Kalutara Magistrate today, police said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)