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29 June 2015 03:24 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Police officers attached to Colombo city limits expressed their dissatisfaction over Colombo Mayor’s decision to allow pavement hawkers to conduct their businesses on certain streets in Pettah.

Police officers who wish to remain anonymous told the Daily Mirror that this decision would lead to violation of several statutory laws of the country including the Penal Code, the Police Ordinance and the National Thoroughfares Act.

Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil had told that he had given permission for the vendors only along the by-roads of First Cross Street, Second Cross Street and Third Cross Street in Pettah to carry out their businesses and their stalls would be given an identification card to operate.

An OIC attached to a key police station in Colombo stated that this situation would allow politically motivated gang members to operate back in the Colombo city. He stated that police have found that there were several instances that drugs and pornographic materials were being sold under the guise of pavement hawkers. He stated that if this situation continues it might lead to rapid theft and other offences in the Colombo city after victimising the locals and foreigners who visiting the Colombo C ity.

“Under Section 63 (f and k) of the Police Ordinance, the police officers are empowered to exercise their duties to prevent obstructions and nuisances on roads. It is the prime responsibility of the politicians to adhere with laws and make necessary arrangements to provide sophisticated places to the vendors,” a Police Inspector who wants to remain anonymous said.

A Police Constable assigned to undercover duties told that it was apparent that villagers visiting Colombo City are especially vulnerable to being victimized by wicked vendors.(Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 11

  • Rathnasiri Monday, 29 June 2015 10:41 AM

    Muz You are helping all the crooks to exploit the innocent citizens. You will get votes of only those crooks.You make all other decent citizens to vote against UNP

    Prem Nath Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:31 AM

    Sure this a case of bribery and corruption,he must be arrested immediately.

    de silva Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:37 AM

    We need a new municipal council in Colombo who will work for the people and not for the supporters of a party.See the situation now in Colombo.The dengue situation in Colombo is worse and the Mayor or anybody else is not taking and serious actions to prevent it.

    Gune Monday, 29 June 2015 09:19 AM

    RW, your people are playing pandu. Please intervene and kick them out.

    Rohini Tuesday, 30 June 2015 11:22 AM

    Muzamin you are a cheap politician, everyone knows you need extra cash for your various activities. Please get out out of CMC we have had enough of you. Gota who did a great job in getting rid of the pavement hawkers at the the expense of getting a bad name now you are ruining this good deed. Remember pavements are for walkers not to sell on the pavement ..stupid greedy disgraceful man with no self dignity

    Ram Monday, 29 June 2015 09:22 AM

    A bad decision

    Yan Monday, 29 June 2015 09:45 AM

    Muzi is helping his palli brothers.. everybody knows who those pavement hawkers are....

    asfar Monday, 29 June 2015 09:47 AM

    no sane person will agree with mayor. this will cost many unp votes of legitimate business community in pettah.

    RRoo Monday, 29 June 2015 06:45 PM

    This Mayor is doing what a Mayor should not do. He must be taken to task

    mohideen Monday, 29 June 2015 10:11 AM

    Time that Muzzamil got out of cheap polictical and keep the streets clean and safe for pedestrians and others not to benefit only a handful of his thugs.

    Gobba Monday, 29 June 2015 01:58 PM

    So NO Buddhists, Hindus or Christians are hawkers ?Hawkers r a menace n do not matter from which religion they come from.


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