The suspected leader of the criminal gang ‘Ava Group’ and five others have been apprehended by Terrorism Investigation Division , according to police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara. Sathyavel Nathan Nishanthan, alias “Nisha Victor,” who is also the main suspect in the recent attack on two police officers in Kopai, was taken into custody by the Terrorism Investigation Division.
He stated that three suspects including Nishanthan were arrested at the bus stand in Pettah. One suspect was arrested in Mattakkuliya while the other two were nabbed in Jaffna. Two swords and a motorcycle were also taken into custody. All the six are suspects in the attack in Kopai. A series of acts of violence had been carried out in Jaffna suburbs such as Manipay, Kopay and Chunnakam by the sword-wielding Ava Group. The gang in also believed to be behind the recent attack in Kopai.