Po­lice warn pub­lic to be vig­i­lant of in­di­vid­u­als who try to ex­tort money

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY DARSHANA SAN­JEEWA BALA­SURIYA

An or­gan­ised racket is in oper­a­tion to ex­tort money from the rel­a­tives of the suspects who are in cus­tody over the Easter Sun­day at­tacks, the Po­lice Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera re­vealed yes­ter­day.the suspects who im­per­son­ate as Po­lice of­fi­cers ap­proach the suspects of the Easter Sun­day at­tacks as­sur­ing them var­i­ous ben­e­fits and re­liefs for fi­nan­cial re­wards.

Po­lice Spokesman SP Ruwan Gu­nasekara said ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion, the gang re­ported hav­ing called the rel­a­tives of the suspects who ar­rested over the at­tacks or dur­ing search op­er­a­tions.“the gang who are im­per­son­at­ing them as po­lice re­ported to have con­tacted and de­manded money in re­turn to re­lease the suspects ei­ther in re­mand cus­tody or de­ten­tion,”he said.the Spokesman said that in­for­ma­tion also re­ceived that the gang also had called sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als claim­ing that they were from the po­lice.they re­ported hav­ing told those in­di­vid­u­als that po­lice wanted to ar­rest them over the April 21 in­ci­dent. The gang de­mand money from those in­di­vid­u­als to pre­vent their ar­rest.

SP Gu­nasekara re­quested the gen­eral pub­lic to be vig­i­lant of money ex­tor­tion racket by the gang. He also re­quested the pub­lic to in­form the near­est po­lice sta­tion if they re­ceived such tele­phone calls de­mand­ing money.

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