Tamil para-military group aligned to Sri Lankan Govt is suspected of staging heist at bank at the outskirts of Batticaloa town on June30th.
5 men armed with T-56 guns staged a robbery at the Peoples Bank branch on Dairy farm road at Thimilatheevu on the west of Batticaloa town.
The daylight heist by armed robbers resulted in Three million seventy lakh rupees of cash & gold jewellery valued at over 25 miilion rupees.
Five men wearing dark masks & dressed in white shirt & black trousers arrived at the bank in a white van with the bank emblem&name at 12.45 pm.
After assaulting bank guard&seizing his fire-arm the robbers brought premises under control after threatening bank officials & customers.
The robbers took Rs 2 Lakhs from bank counters& Rs 35 Lakhs from a vault. Gold jewellery worth 25 lakhs were taken from two steel vaults.
Thimilatheevu is in close proximity to the Batticaloa airport. There is a very heavy Air Forece personnel & Police presence in the area.
Thimilatheevu & adjacent villages like Puthoor,Veechukalmunai & Sethukudah form an unofficial securityzone with para-military men & families.
It is considered virtually impossible for armed outsiders to “infiltrate” this area & conduct this kind of daylight robbery & escape so easily.
Eastern military commander Maj-Gen Boniface Perera held a conference attended by Tamil political parties & “ex-armed groups” representatives.
Maj -Gen Perera said that the Peoples bank robbers would be arrested soon.He also said anyone carrying arms illegally would be punished.
This is a bundle of tweets posted on twitter by D.B.S. Jeyaraj