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Illegal activities in every sector crippled – Defence Secretary

The Government has crippled organised crimes, drug smuggling, underworld activities and extortion through the combined efforts of top level State-run Defence Agencies under the guidance of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as stated in the policy framework of ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’, Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) said.

He said that in less than one year and nine months, the Law Enforcing Agencies have nabbed over 3,200 kilos of heroin, a high number of illegal weapons from the underworld kingpins and various other types of narcotics.

The Government will not leave room for anybody to drag the national security into jeopardy under the guise of COVID-19, he said.

He was addressing a media briefing yesterday at the Defence Ministry to educate the public.

The Defence Secretary said that it is pointless holding isolated media conferences without informing the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) if precise information available related to any case. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandana Wickramaratne were also present.

“We have recognised all the crimes being operated through Prisons and they have been crippled”.

“The conversion of the Boossa Prison into a ‘High Security Prison’ was instrumental in controlling illegal activities from inside the prison and the high profile notorious criminals are imprisoned there now,” he said.

“Moreover, mobile jammers were fixed at the Negombo and Angunakolapalassa Prisons and similar precautions will be introduced to the Mahara and Welikada Prisons in due course,” he added. General Gunaratne said that 20,949 kilos of Kerala cannabis, 42,354 drug-embedded capsules and 104,097 related tablets were taken into the custody by the Defence Ministry and the Public Security Ministry. “All the routes of drug inflow into the island have been identified as well,” he said.

Navy Chief Vice Admiral Ulugetenne requested the owners of fishing craft to be on alert and find whereabouts of their valuable vessels since a section of persons venturing into sea may use their vessels for illegal activities.

All the assets associated with illegal drug trafficking will be liable for confiscation if proved guilty, IGP Wickramaratne said. The Defence Secretary said that facing the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare is a part of the duty of the Armed Forces personnel and therefore, professional medical staffers have been employed with them to contain the spread of the pandemic.

“We have informed all our vaccination centres to facilitate civilians for the jabs,” he said.

“We are now netting all persons involved in online advertising of prostitution in the country and they will be produced before the law eventually,” he said.

The IGP said that the confidentiality of all informants related to any crimes will be assured.


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