Security operations to ensure safety of school children
[May 06 2019]
During the past 48 hours, the armed forces have
focused their full attention on the safety of school children. We have
fully evaluated the security status quo and taken all necessary
preventive security measures covering all the schools. These security
arrangements will continue until the fear psychosis of the public is
eliminated and the security is fully ensured. The public is welcome to
make their suggestions and views known to the armed forces or the police
in this regard, said so the Military Spokesman and director, Media
Centre Brigadier Sumith Atapattu during the press briefing held at the
Media Centre in Kollupitiya, Sunday evening (05).
He also requested the public not to believe hearsay
and rumors spread through social media sources and rely on authentic
news provided by the authorities. The prime responsibility of the armed
forces is to ensure security of the people. Have faith on them as they
are the ones who had saved the nation from the clutches of terrorism in
the past. We must not weaken ourselves but we must stand together as one
nation, authorities are continuing operations to apprehend all
terrorists, he further said.
A person who had 7 camouflage uniforms similar to
those worn by the Army and Air Force was arrested during a search
operation conducted at the Kalutara North Railway Station by the Navy.
In addition five individuals were arrested during another such operation
in Trincomalee for having in their possession videos showing the
activities of international terrorist groups. Another two persons were
arrested in Galle for having similar videos with them. Navy is also
fully involved in the combined operations to ensure security to schools.
This was revealed by the Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Isuru
Sooribandara at the press briefing.
The Air Force is involved in assuring security to
schools in several areas in the island. All the schools in the country
have been divided into 21 sectors for this security clearance operations
and the Air Force is given the responsibility of three sectors and one
sub sector. Air Force has also stationed its personnel in these schools
after completing security clearance as an additional security measure.
This was revealed by the Air Force Spokesman Group Captain Gihan
Seneviratne at the press briefing.
It is observed that a letter mentioning of a possible
attack on bridges and flyovers being circulated in the social media.
This letter has been sent to notify authorities of unconfirmed basic
information received by police. It has been revealed that there is no
truth in that information. Therefore the public has nothing to fear,
said so the Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara during the press
All schools in Colombo well as in other parts of the
country were checked during the special operations conducted Sunday.
Samarasinghe Arachchige Madush Lakshitha alias
Makandure Madush arrived in the country after being deported from Dubai,
Sunday morning (05). Madush, an organized criminal was taken in by the
CID unit at the Katunayake airport and later was brought to the CID Head
Office in Colombo. He is being questioned by the CID. He had left the
country in June 2015 with forged travel documents containing fake
information. The CID is conducting extensive investigations into a
number of criminal activities including murder, robbery and drug
smuggling carried out by Madush, the Police Spokesman further revealed.