The police are investigating the death of a suspect taken in for questioning in connection with his alleged involvement in a series of robberies in the Jaffna peninsula. Responding to a query by The Island, sources said that they were inquiring into the circumstances, under which the suspect, Skandarajah alias Sumanan had died in police custody. Sources said that Chunnakam police had detained the suspect over his alleged involvement in robbing gold jewellery worth about Rs. 3.3 mn. The police claimed that the suspect had escaped, while being taken to a spot in Kilinochchi, where he had hidden the loot. The police claimed that the suspect had drowned in a tank.
The police alleged the suspect had been involved in at least 13 robberies.