An underworld figure had been gunned down yesterday evening at Galwatta, Aturugiriya, police said. The victim, Nimalsiri Perera alias Podi Sudu is believed to have been a close associate of a notorious criminal, named Samayan, who was also killed a few months ago.
A number of gang related deaths have been reported during the last few weeks.
Police Spokesman SSP Ruwan Gunasekera said that they had deployed a team to investigate the underworld killing in recent weeks and already several arrests had been made.
Police have attributed the recent kiplings to turf wars among underworld gangs.