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Police Sergeant posthumously promoted to SI

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Police Sergeant Upul Chaminda Kumara, who died in a shooting incident in Weligama on Sunday (31), has been posthumously promoted to the rank of Sub-Inspector by the Acting Inspector General of Police Deshbandu Tennakoon.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rohan Ruwanpura, Head of the Forensic Medicine Department of the Galle Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, disclosed that there were two bullets in the lung of the Police sergeant, and they have been sent to the Government Analyst for further investigation.

The post-mortem of the deceased Police sergeant was conducted on Sunday, at the Galle Karapitiya Teaching Hospital. The Consultant Judicial Medical Officer also said that the autopsy revealed that the death of the Police sergeant was due to bleeding from gunshot injuries.

In a shooting incident near a hotel in Weligama, the Police sergeant from the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) was killed, and a sub-inspector too sustained injuries.

Following the incident, the Police announced that a team of Police officers, in a van had arrived at a place near Jamburegoda early that morning for a prearranged raid. During the operation, an unidentified group had opened fire on the Police.

Meanwhile the Weligama Police, who are investigating the incident, have taken into custody several firearms related to the shootings.

Accordingly, two T-56 firearms, two pistols of the CCD and the T-56 weapon used by an Army soldier in the Police mobile vehicle of the Weligama Police Station, have been taken into Police custody.

A senior Police officer said that steps will be taken to obtain a court order and send the firearms and empty ammunition casings found at the scene of the attack to the Government Analyst.

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