Special search operations around schools premises on Sunday
[May 05 2019]
Special security arrangements have been made to
facilitate the reopening of schools on Monday. Necessary instructions
have already been issued to all Police stations in the country. In
addition to these special security measures, additional arrangements
will be made in consultation with school authorities and parents to form
school wise vigilance committees in each Police Divisions as extra
Search operations of school environs in Colombo will
be carried out on Sunday before the schools begin on Monday. Prior
notice of this arrangement is given in order to avoid unnecessary
inconvenience or misinterpretation of motives.
Motorists are requested not to park their vehicles in
the vicinity of schools after 1.00 pm Sunday especially in Colombo.
Special parking spaces have been identified for school busses, vans and
other vehicles of school staffs in Colombo.
56 unidentified body parts of deceased victims of the
Easter Sunday bombings are lying at the mortuary of the Colombo Judicial
Medical Office. It is requested that relatives of anyone who had been
reported missing in the incident or had been in such locations during
the incidents to make an entry at their nearest Police stations in this
regard. Action will be taken to conduct DNA tests to verify
identification of these body parts.
The public is also requested to handover swords and
Kris knives in their possession to their nearest Police stations. A
large number of such weapons were seized during search operations in the
recent past. Those who have such weapons in their possession should hand
them over to their nearest Police stations on Saturday and Sunday (04 &
05). In addition, anyone who has in their possession uniforms similar to
those worn by Tri Forces or Police can also hand them over to their
nearest Police stations during these two days.
It also observed that false information continue to be
spread through social media. Recently a conversation, regarding suspects
under custody, purported to be between two Policemen is being shared
through social media sources. We refute the existence of such a
conversation as it is a fabricated one. Investigations will be carried
out to find out how this fabricated story originated and persons
responsible. Spreading of rumours and false information is an offence
and legal action will be taken against those found guilty of involving
in such activities.
These details were revealed by Police Spokesman SP
Ruwan Gunasekara at a press briefing chaired by the Military Spokesman
and Director, Media Centre, Brigadier Sumith Atapattu, held at the Media
Centre in Kollupitiya, on Saturday evening.