‘Athurugiriye Ladiya’ arrested in India

Indian media reports that the Crime Branch-CID police from Coimbatore have arrested the underworld figure Chanuka Thananayaka alias ‘Athurugiriye Ladiya’ from Bengaluru on Saturday (13).

Ladiya (38) is said to be a close aide of Sri Lankan underworld kingpin ‘Angoda Lokka’.

Indian Police said Chanuka Thananayaka, hailing from Athurugiriya in Colombo was a most wanted criminal in Sri Lanka and that the sleuths also arrested another man, identified as T Gopalakrishnan alias Jayapal, 46 for providing shelter to Thananayaka in Bengaluru. 

The two were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) M Sanjeevi Baskar on Saturday night and later remanded in judicial custody, the ‘Times of India’ reports.

After the death of Angoda Lokka due to cardiac arrest at his hideout in Coimbatore on July 3, 2020, police had arrested Madurai-based lawyer Sivakami Sundari and her friend Dhyaneswaran for helping him stay in India under a false identity. Angoda Lokka’s lover Amani Dhananji who was living with him in Coimbatore was also arrested.

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