Two army officers who attempted to extort money from businessman arrested

Officers of the Special Task Force of the Hambantota camp in a raid have arrested two army officers for attempting to extort money from a businessman.

The two suspects have asked for money from a businessman to obtain the assistance of the high-ranking police officers including the STF commandant for the businessman to continue his sand business without interference.

They had asked for extortion money from a sand businessman in the Ethiliwewa area in Thanamalwila.

The two suspects have asked for Rs. 500,000 from the businessman and they were arrested when they were going to obtain an advance of Rs. 100,000.

One of the suspects is an Army Captain of the Weerawila Army Camp and the other is a Lance Corporal in Thunkama Army Camp.

The police have seized the motor vehicle, in which they arrived to get the extortion money from the businessman. A banned knife was also found under the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

Upon a search of the Lance Corporal’s house, the Police have found several items including a hand grenade, 48 live rounds, a firearm and 16 army uniforms. The Uva Kuda Oya Police are conducting further investigations. (ColomboPage)