The Attorney General had issued orders for his arrest, but he had been in hiding under false names and addresses for around nine years, bypassing the CID. However, based on information received, a team of CID officers had arrested him in Passara when he had gone to visit his father-in-law on the 29th.
According to CID sources, the suspect had been operating the illegal smuggling racket while working in the Navy Intelligence Unit and he had received the assistance of several others in the Navy.
On June 7, 2012, a group of 87 people had boarded a multi-day-vessel named Tharusha Putha taken from Negombo to Australia illegally and mid way the boat had experienced technical failure. However, the smugglers had then deployed another vessel, ‘Anthony’ to take the group to Australia, the CID sources said.