The CID today recorded a statement from former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the operations of Rakna Lanka and his link with the Avant Garde security firm; almost a month after mysterious armories owned by the establishments were raided by the Police.
The CID recorded a statement from him this morning on the operations of the Defence Ministry run security establishment Rakna Arakshaka Lanka, which he established during the Rajapaksa regime and on his dealings with Avant Garde, which is owned by a close associate of Gotabaya.
In January, the Police raided an armoury owned by the Rakna Lanka firm located within the BMICH premises. Although Defence Ministry records indicate that a total of 3,473 firearms were issued to the state-owned security firm, only 151 of them were available at the time of the inspection.
The Avant Garde floating armoury was also raided by the Police in January, where several containers full of weapons were found inside a ship docked at the Galle Harbour.