Alleged death of underworld leader: DNA samples to India

Probe continues to identify Angoda Lokka

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

DNA samples have been collected and will be sent to India this week by the Sri Lanka Police to confirm the identity of notorious underworld kingpin Lasantha Perera alias “Angoda Lokka”, who is alleged to have died in India, The Morning learnt.

The Coimbatore City Police in India had recently confirmed the death of the Sri Lankan underworld kingpin, in the city where he was living in hiding for at least three years.

Police Spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratne said the fingerprint records necessary to confirm the death have already been sent to India’s Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) though the Indian High Commission in Colombo.

He told The Morning that necessary steps are being taken on a diplomatic level through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to confirm the death, and that all the related information that can be provided from Sri Lanka has already been provided through the Indian High Commission.
According to him, so far no official confirmation has been received that Lasantha Perera alias
Angoda Lokka had died in India.

According to the Coimbatore Police, the individual alleged to be Angoda Lokka had died under suspicious circumstances on 3 July and three persons were arrested in connection with his death.

As per India media reports, two women including a Sri Lankan national and a man from Erode – namely Sivagama Sundari (37), Dhyaneswaran (32) and Amani Dhanji (27) – were arrested for forging identity papers for Angoda Lokka and cremating him.

After Angoda Lokka allegedly died on 3 July, the three accused submitted forged papers in his name to facilitate his cremation. Dhanji, the Sri Lankan national, was living with Angoda Lokka in the city.