Habarana Police arrest three suspects posing as vice squad officers

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Rose Kenny

Three persons were arrested by the Habarana Police for having entered a massage centre in Habarana claiming to be officers of the Walana Vice Squad and had abducted two women. The Habarana Police had commenced an investigation based on a complaint received and had recovered three blue caps with the police logo on them, an identity cover with the police name on it and a black jeep similar to the ones used by the police.

The suspects are 30, 39 and 56-years of age and are residents of the Kurunegala, Trincomalee and Buttala areas.

Investigations have also revealed that this group had been raiding numerous places on the pretext of being Walana Vice Squad officers and had been misleading people. The three suspects were produced for an identification parade yesterday at the Kekirawa Magistrate’s Court.

The Habarana Police is conducting further investigations.

The Police Media Division said that in the event such groups claiming to be members of the Panadura, Walana Vice Squad raids any establishment and their identities need to be verified, the public could contact the Panadura Walana Vice Squad on the telephone numbers listed below. The public could also notify the anti-corruption unit regarding any information on this group masquerading as Vice Squad officers. All such verifications and complaints could be made to telephone number 038 – 2234314.