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Court tells J’pitiya Amare to get his men to surrender with arms Suspected mastermind of Katuwana attack surrenders

Tangalle High Court Judge Chandrasena Rajapaksa yesterday told Geeganagamage Amarasiri, alias Julampitiye Amare, who surrendered to Court through a lawyer, to ask his henchmen to surrender with their weapons.

Julampitiye Amare, who the JVP accused of organising last Friday night’s Katuwana double murder, surrendered to the Tangalle High Court through his counsel, attorney-at-law Nishantha Sandabarana, the former Deputy Chairman (UPFA) of the Tangalle Urban Council.

The Judge ordered that Julampitiye Amare be remanded until this morning.

Amarasiri would be produced before Court today, according to the Tangalle High Court Registrar Dammika Jayewardena.

He told The Island that Amarasiri had surrendered on a warrant issued earlier in respect of another offence.

According to police, 10 persons armed with T-56 assault rifles, who arrived on five motor cycles, attacked a JVP pocket meeting held at Hediwaththa, Katuwana in the Hambantota District, killing two JVP members and critically injuring two others. The JVP demanded the arrest of Julampitiye Amare, claiming he was the chief suspect in the double murder.

IGP N. K. Ilangakoon told a press conference on Monday that Julampitiye Amare was a wanted not only in this case but also in eight others involving murder and abduction in the Southern Province.

He said that the police had been hunting him for a long time and had several warrant issued for his arrest.

Highly placed police sources said yesterday that the CID team which was engaged in investigating the Katuwana incident would interrogate Julampitiye Amare with the permission of the High Court.
by Dasun Edirisinghe


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