Nearly 15 000 Tri Forces troops deployed for security
Three arrested with more than 600 letters containing derogatory content
Policemen and civilian informants rewarded
[May 04 2019]
Island wide security has been tightened with Tri Force
having deployed nearly 15,000 personnel to ensure public security during
the past 48 hours. The Army alone has deployed about 10 000 personnel
for these operations. Necessary measures for public security have
already been taken considering social activities in the coming weeks and
accordingly security will be further beefed up, said so the Military
Spokesman and Director of the Media Centre, Brigadier Sumith Atapattu
during a press briefing held at the Media Centre in Kollupitiya on
Friday evening (03 May).
During the past 24 hours the Army had carried out
extensive search operations in many parts of the country including
Vavuniya, Puttalam, Katugastota, Akurana, Gampola, Peradeniya,
Nawalapitiya, Ragama, Aluthgama, Kalutara, Weligama, Galle, Matara,
Hambantota and Monaragala. During these operations 120 suspects were
taken into custody and items including some detonators, explosives,
warlike equipment, ammunition etc. were also recovered.
Special security arrangements have been made to
provide security to schools, places of religious worship, tourist hotels
ets. We do not agree with the news report that stated 20 explosives
laden vehicles entering the North. Strict security measures have been
put on effect around the country and there is no need for panic, the
Military Spokesman further said.
Speaking at the press briefing, Police Spokesman, SP
Ruwan Gunasekara, revealed that acting on information received Police
had arrested three individuals with 639 letter inciting enmity among the
races and anti-government subversive words and including the President's
name. The suspects were arrested at the Colombo Central Mail Exchange,
yesterday (02). The three suspects named Karandeniye Gedara Sampath
Kumara, Wijeratne Mudiyanselage Danusha Priyadarshana and Patabendige
Kavindu Takshila Weerasena were handed over to the Colombo Crimes
Division for further investigations.
Police, yesterday found a stock of remnants of war
including 993 artillery shells including 409 live shells and 584 empty
shells at a steel factory storage in Ja Ela. The Army and Air Force had
assisted the Police during this operation. Two officials of the factory
have also been taken into custody.
Measures have been taken to provide maximum security
to school which are scheduled to reopen next week. Necessary
instructions in this regard have been issued to all Police stations by
the Police Headquarters. The public is requested not to park any
vehicles near schools for security reasons. Such vehicles would be
removed to safe locations and subjected to severe security checking.
The public is also requested to rely only on
authenticated information issued by relevant authorities including the
Government Information Department, Media Centre and the Tri Forces Media
Spokespersons and not to trust false information shared by means of
social media that might cause social panic. The spreading of rumours and
false information is a punishable offence.
The Police Headquarter, today decided to promote the
Traffic Police Constable, whose quick action resulted in the revelation
of important information of the terror group during the Santhamaruthu
incident, as a Sergeant and also grant him a reward of Rs. 500,000.00.
The other two Police personnel, a Sargent and PC who had assisted the
Traffic PC will also be granted with IG's commendation letters and a
reward of Rs. 500,000.00 each.
In addition, the Police HQ has also decided to grant
the three Muslim individuals who had initially provided the information
to the Police with a reward of Rs. 1 000,000.00 each.
Sri Lanka Navy had handed over to the Police a group
12 Pakistani citizens arrested during a search operation in Ja Ela. Only
two of the foreigners were found with valid visas. 22 PVC tubes packed
with explosives were found in the Kalmunai area during another search
operation carried out during the last 24 hours.
The Air Force, during search operations had arrested
30 individuals in Negombo and another two individuals in Mundalama. They
have since been handed over to the Police for further investigations.
Air Force Spokesman Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne
and Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Isuru Sooriyabandara were also
present at the press briefing.