Baddegama ammo cache case at court today

By Dinitha Rathnayake and Buddhika Samaraweera

Although no arrests have been made so far regarding the discovery of a cache of ammunition in a land in the Baddegama area in Galle, investigations are continuing, and facts will be informed to the court today (15) related to a cache of live ammunition recovered in a land allegedly belonging to the Elpitiya District Judge in Baddegama. 

A cache of live ammunition, including 45 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 13 rounds of 38 mm, seven rounds of No. 12 ammunition, and four empty shells was discovered in said land last Saturday (13). The stock of ammunition had then been handed over to the Baddegama Police for further investigations. 

Speaking to The Morning yesterday (14) Police Media Spokesman Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nihal Thalduwa said this was discovered in an abandoned house. 

However, he stated that the relevant land does not belong to the District Judge. He said that it belonged to the Judge’s wife’s family, and that the land had been abandoned for a long time. 

“This is not a land owned by the District Judge, but his wife is from the family to which it belongs,” he noted. 

“Last week two hand grenades were found in the same property when the property owners were cleaning the property.” 

Accordingly, a team of officers from the Rathgama STF camp, who conducted a search operation in the land last Friday (12) evening, found the ammunition. 

The stock of ammunition was handed over to the Baddegama.