During the renovation of an old room of Matara Mahinda Rajapakse College, a firearm, ammunition and a stock of explosives were found hidden in the ceiling, according to the Matara Headquarters Police. (Sri Lanka Latest News)
This college and the surrounding area was set aside for the Dayata Kirula exhibition in 2015, and a doubt has arisen whether these weapons and explosives were brought and hidden by targeting a visiting dignitary, or if they were planning another crime.
Concealed in the ceiling was a firearm suspected to be manufactured in a foreign country, 20 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition that can be used for T56 firearms, 138 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 31 rounds of 3.2mm ammunition, 02 detonators, T The police have found 194 grams of explosives suspected to be NT, 115 cm long det cord (service thread).
This room has been taken over for the use of the contract company that built the Mahinda Rajapakse College at the time of its construction.
Later, when the construction was completed and the contractor left, the air conditioners were removed and the room was ready to be demolished.
Later it was closed and abandoned and since the college does not have a canteen, the governing authority of the school had planned to establish a bojun shop in that place.
Accordingly, yesterday (18) when two employees were cleaning the room and removing the dilapidated ceiling, a firearm and some ammunition fell on the floor.
At that time, they were scared and immediately informed the principal about it.
Acting on the notification of the Principal, a team including Matara Headquarters Police Inspector Roshan Hettiarachchi and Crime Investigation Unit Station Commander Rukman Kottage went to the school and removed the ceiling of the relevant room and found the weapons and explosives.