The main suspect of the robbery of Rs.18,000,000 worth of jewellery and cash carried out by an armed gang from a financial institute at Gampaha and fled has been identified as Samantha Kumara, a project manager of Samurdhi attached to the Neluwa Divisional Secretariat. He was recognized when the theft was on CCTV cameras installed in the institution.
The arrested suspect is a resident of Haththipitiya, Neluwa and a strong supporter of Minister Piyasena Gamage. He was involved, on behalf of Minister Piyasena Gamage, in organizing agitations held in support of impeachment of the former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayke.
However, he still holds the post of project manager of Samurdhi Association of Neluwa and no action has been taken yet against him by the Samurdhi Authority.