The Police Special Task Force (STF) on Saturday (30) arrested a suspect, linked to an underworld gang, in connection with the recent shooting attack on a restaurant in the area of Soysapura in Moratuwa.

The arrest was made in the area of Eluwila in Panadura.

The suspect, identified as Janith Hashan Wimalaweera alias “Konda Janiya”, is a resident of Angulana, Moratuwa.

It was revealed that he is a close associate of underworld gang leader “Kudu Anju”.

After being produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate, the suspect was remanded until the 5th of June.

Further investigations revealed that the suspect had also played a part in the assassination of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council Member Ranjan de Silva, which took place two years ago under the directives of “Kudu Anju”.

Late Ranjan de Silva was the father of popular Cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva.

The suspect “Konda Janiya”, who was arrested back then in connection with the assassination, was later released on bail.

Probes also revealed that the suspect had carried out an extortion racket and other shooting incidents on the instructions of “Kudu Anju” who is currently in hiding in Dubai.

A restaurant in Soysapura first came under an attack by an unidentified group of persons wielding swords during curfew hours on May 19.

Three police officers were subsequently stationed at the restaurant to ensure its security and safety.

However, on the night of May 28, a group of persons had carried out an attack again. This time they had opened fire at the restaurant while the three police officers were on duty.

The owner of the restaurant had stated that he had been receiving continuous death threats from a person in Dubai, who had been trying to extort money from him.

Subsequently, 03 police officers – one sergeant and two constables – who were on duty at the restaurant when it came under a gunfire attack, were interdicted over charges of neglect of duty.

Investigations into the incident are being carried out under the directives of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of Mount Lavinia Division.

Three other suspects are already in the custody of police over the initial attack on the restaurant on May 19.