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'Celluloid gang operating in Jaffna'

24 June 2016 01:58 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A gang, inspired by violent scenes in South Indian cinema, is engaged in emulating them for various criminal activities in the Jaffna peninsula according to initial observations , Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake informed Parliament yesterday.

The Minister , in his statement tabled in the House in response to a question raised by EPDP leader Douglas Devananda earlier, said many such gangsters had been arrested and remanded

He said in the statement that the gang called ' Ava Group' was first identified by the Chunnakam police in Jaffna after a crackdown. These gang members have been accused of housebreaks, assaults, sword attacks and damaging a house .

The Minister said a breakaway group of this group had formed a gang called 'Rock Team', and six of its criminals had been arrested along with two swords, one dagger, two hand grenades and two stolen motor bikes.

They have been produced before a court of law. He noted that intelligence operations were underway for information gathering on the activities of this gang.

In response to another matter raised by Mr. Devananda under the same question, the Minister said Sri Lanka Navy had increased its vigilance to curb the smuggling of Kerala Ganga and other narcotics.

In 2015, the Navy had seized 456 kilos of Kerala Ganja on 21 occasions . On tours of these occasions, mid sea arrests have been made.

In the overall context, he said there was a drop of criminal cases in the Jaffna peninsula over the years. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 13

  • BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 24 June 2016 09:02 AM

    Worse Gangs of this sort are found in the south. Do we say that they get instigated by Holywood movies? Stating that they watch Tamil movies to emulate is Montessori talk by this minister. Shame that we have ministers who can evaluate only to such levels.

    Yalpanam Friday, 24 June 2016 01:08 PM

    A celluloid gang is operating in Geneva too these days. It is involved in distortion, lying, bribery.......,

    satha Friday, 24 June 2016 01:50 PM

    Never heard of this in Jaffna itself. Hmmmmm

    kk Thursday, 23 June 2016 11:25 PM

    No police via DM Android App

    melda Friday, 24 June 2016 02:28 AM

    even the LTTE started like this. via DM Android App

    Gusto Friday, 24 June 2016 03:43 AM

    MR is creating these problems via DM Android App

    moorkara Friday, 24 June 2016 04:04 AM

    root should be eradicated before it spreads across bad blood.. via DM Android App

    sach Friday, 24 June 2016 04:24 PM

    no there is no such environment in south

    King Mihiraj Friday, 24 June 2016 04:26 PM

    This is getting very messy, some must stop this right away.

    sss Friday, 24 June 2016 05:51 AM

    Is the violent gang's name LTTE

    Thanos Friday, 24 June 2016 07:30 AM

    So the people in Jaffna are still living in fear? Aren't these people ever going to have some peace of mind?

    suresh Friday, 24 June 2016 07:32 AM

    no it is called Joint Opposition

    sobers Friday, 24 June 2016 07:34 AM

    These are crimes not sepatism, Interested parties are waiting for a chance to create mayhem. I hope the Police will eradicate this menace under the New IGP.


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