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'X' Detectives - Fighting Crime in Sri Lanka

In the grand tradition of well known criminologists like Edmond Locard and legendary literary detective Sherlock Holmes, Sri Lanka now has its own experienced detective solutions provider. The company -- 'X' Detectives (Pvt) Ltd -- is headed by a high profile board of directors comprising retired Deputy Inspector Generals of Police (DIG) Sarath Lugoda, Rohan Abeywardena and Jayakumar Thangawelu who is also an attorney at law. The board also includes retired Senior Superintendent of Police Senaka Premabandu Ranasinghe. 'X' Detectives provides services ranging from surveillance to corporate investigations and security, litigation support, identity theft, insurance defense and criminal defense amongst others.

According to a company profile, Mr. Lugoda is considered a legend whose name sends shockwaves throughout the local mafia. He has a precise and unwavering strategy that allows no felon a chance of escape. After 35 years of unblemished service, a profile of Mr. Lugoda states that he retired in May 2009 after holding many key positions during his service. His exposure in international law and peace making was also recognized as he was chosen to be a Senior Police Advisor under a United Nations (UN) mission in Sudan and Sierra Leone. In Sudan, Mr. Lugoda's skills and knowledge on internationally accepted police systems and procedures was recognized and he was made to coordinate all Reform and Restructuring activities in the UN efforts to make the Sierra Leone police force a force for good.
Mr. Abeywardena joined the police department as a Sub Inspector and later extended his expertise to many parts of the island. According to a profile, Mr. Abeywardena had been in the Special Task Force of the police as a senior officer and conducted many major operations. He is also well equipped with international experience and served the UN Peace Keeping Force in East Timor as a District Commander.

Mr. Thangawelu has vast experience in legal and law enforcement institutional affairs. He headed the Victims & Witness Assistance and Protection Unit of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry Investigation/Inquiring, looking into serious violations of human rights from 2007 to 2009 after he retired as DIG and Head of the Legal Division of the Sri Lanka Police Department. A profile states that Mr. Thangawelu has also worked in collaboration with the Attorney General's Department in fundamental rights petitions and in civil and criminal cases which required the input and participation of the police department. He was also among the special investigators sent to India and Belgium to extradite suspects who were involved in terrorist activities in Sri Lanka which included deceased head of the LTTE, Vellupillai Prabhakaran.

Mr. Ranasinghe, the former SSP, has been actively engaged in police administration and has held several key senior positions. His profile states that with an exceptional record of 37 years in the Sri Lanka Police Department, he was trained in Advanced Criminal Investigation in Singapore and Japan and also in Intelligence Services in France. Mr. Ranasinghe was also a senior Police Mentor for the UN mission in Sierra Leone where he was in charge of two major police districts as Team Leader. Superintendents of police from the UK, Senegal, Jordan, Turkey, Bangladesh and Nepal were under his command.

'X' Detectives can be reached on 269770 and 268 9816 and can be emailed on

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