Wanted murder suspect shoots himself

Wanted murder suspect shoots himself

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Podi Sagara, a member of a strong underworld gang linked to six murders has committed suicide by shooting himself. He did so with his firearm when the Police attempted to apprehend him.
Manikkuge Sumith Dayaratne alias Podi Sagara was a key member of an underworld gang which had been operating centering Katunayake and Seeduwa areas. The Police took action to raid a house in the Pahala Medagama area at Kumbukgete in Gokarella to take him into custody.
The operation was carried out by the Law Enforcement Unit of the Negombo Division in collaboration with the Special Task Force.
The Police said that Podi Sagara who was in the house had committed suicide by shooting himself with a 9 mm pistol. He was a suspect wanted by the Police for several crimes. He had been involved in six murders in the Katunayake and Seeduwa areas and the killing of a jailor by shooting a prison bus in the Gampaha area. He was also wanted for committing many crimes including the extortion of money.