Ranjan arrested

By Sarah Hannan

United National Front (UNF) Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake was arrested yesterday (4) for possessing an unlicensed weapon.

Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne told The Sunday Morning that Ramanayake was arrested as he did not have a valid licence for the weapon found during a search operation conducted at his Madiwela residence.

The Police conducted the search operation for several hours and found the weapon. Several police officers were involved in the search operation at the MP’s residence conducted using a search warrant.

Ramanayake broadcast the entire search operation on Facebook.

He said that the Police claimed they had informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya about the search operation. Initially, it was not clear what the Police were looking for, but Ramanayake said that the Police had looked for heroin and other drugs.

The Police had also gone through some files in his possession and also inspected his weapon.

When asked for the license for the weapon, the Police was informed that it had not been renewed since 2016.

The Police had later seized the weapon, several bullets, his personal laptop, and CDs and DVDs.

They had also taken into their possession a file on the murder of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.