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 Post subject: Underworld hoodlum Karate Dhammika
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:34 am 
Karate thug has political patronage

@ LAKBIMAnEWS / Sunday September 28th, 2008

Underworld hoodlum Karate Dhammika is allegedly involved in murder and extortion with the blessings of a presidential advisor in the Borella area, reliable sources disclosed to LAKBIMAnEWS recently.

Karate Dhammika first hit the headlines with the brutal murder of nine persons, including rival Kaduwela Wasantha, on Vesak Day in 2000. He was arrested and remanded in connection with the killings but was released on bail. He then joined the politician concerned, and is said to have engaged in violence during the 2004 general election.
Karate Dhammika is accused of collecting a “fee” for all lands sold in the Kaduwela area.

He has obtained over 100 million rupees as “fees” from around 20 plots of land sold in the area. A businessman in Divulapitiya who had wanted to sell a land in Kaduwela received a call from Dhammika demanding a 10 million pay-off for allowing the transaction to go ahead. When the businessman refused, Dhammika had threatened him with death.
Two days after this threat, two of Dhammika’s henchmen had stormed the businessman’s residence in Divulapitiya. However, the businessman had been prepared for the attack and managed to capture the men and hand them over to the police. The businessman is now in hiding after the incident though he is a close friend of IGP Jayantha Wickramrathna. But the IGP seems to be in difficulty arresting Karate Dhammika, due to his political connections.


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