Alleged drug kingpin killed in shootout – Police

ECONOMYNEXT – Alleged drug kingpin Makandure Madush has died in a supposed shootout that took place in the early hours of this morning, police media says.

Madush was deported from Dubai and has been in CID custody for more than one-and-a-half years.

A few days ago he was handed over to the Crime Division and this morning reportedly accompanied detectives to raid a place where large amounts of narcotics were stashed.

While coming down the stairs in the 10-storey Lakshitha Apartments at Maligawatte an unknown group had shot at Madush injuring him and Police Constable Atappattu who was escorting him, police reported.

Both had been admitted to the National Hospital where Madush had passed away. Constable Atapattu had received only minor injuries and is recovering.

Police said a motorcycle had been abandoned on the road below and a number of 9mm spent cartridges had been found at the location.

A 9mm pistol and a “handbomb” was also recovered the police report said.

The CCD is conducting further investigations.
(Colombo, October 20, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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