Chinese karaoke den near girls’ school raided for selling booze sans permit

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A Chinese owned karaoke den cum restaurant in the close proximity to a leading girl’s school in Colombo 07, that did not bear a valid liquor permit was raided by Colombo Excise Station officials recently for selling liquor only to its Chinese customers.

The Excise officials following a probe based on information learnt that the Chinese karaoke restaurant had continued to sell alcoholic beverages since their Excise license was not renewed for 2018 over public displeasure owing to the place it is located.

According to Excise sources, the restaurant which is owned by a Chinese national couple settled in Sri Lanka has been continuing to sell liquor only to their Chinese customers in a discrete manner since the license was not renewed from January this year.

Although, the restaurant located close to the Pittala Junction is entertaining local guests the benefit of serving alcoholic beverages had been limited only to the Chinese customers, who were mainly attracted from Chinese expatriate community that engage in Colombo Port City projects, the Excise sources said.

Since this was the case, it had been tricky for the Excise sleuths to send an undercover agent inside the said restaurant as non Chinese nationals were served liquor.

However, following a lengthy probe the Colombo Excise Station officials managed to arrest the local employee in charge of the bar of the restaurant in the act of issuing liquor and up on inquiry had failed to produce a valid permit.

OIC Colombo Excise Station Chief Inspector Chanaka Nanayakkara is conducting investigations with Excise Inspector Indralal Mahawatte and Excise Guards Hemantha Dissanayake, Lahiru Kodagoda, Nilantha Rajapaksa and Nihal Perera on the instructions of Assistant Excise Commissioner B. A. Dayaratne (Western Province) and Excise Superintendent Colombo Vijitha Gamanayake.

The sleuths also seized 121 cans of beer from the restaurant stocks. The arrested employee had been released on Excise bail and would be produced before the Maligakanda Magistrate today along with the seized stock of liquor. (Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana)

  Comments - 10

  • BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 03 August 2018 04:11 PM

    Oh wat a pity, these same fellows do not have time to raid those pubs kept open on Poya days owned by Ministerial family members and retired armed forces persons, but have all the time to catch this type of soft targets.

    Waco Friday, 03 August 2018 04:44 PM

    How can you have two different types of Law under the same room? One Law for Chinese people and a different type of Law for others.

    Arnold Friday, 03 August 2018 04:57 PM

    in other words you can do anything and everything as long as the government gets its cut, in order to maintain the high lives of the politicians.

    Ajja Friday, 03 August 2018 05:17 PM

    This is noncence by the Colombo Excise Station.There are so many bars and Motels around leading schools. If they sold drugs its a different story.They are expecting Jarawa from the Chinese.

    TONY Friday, 03 August 2018 06:47 PM

    ARE CHINESE NATIONALS ALLOWED TO DO ANY TYPE OF BUSINESS??? DEPORT THEM

    kumaran Friday, 03 August 2018 07:28 PM

    This is NOTHING! Very soon, the whole country will be taken over by them, thanks to a bunch of dirty corrupt politicians.

    Dee Friday, 03 August 2018 07:31 PM

    Want to know more places? Oh! But you can't raid them cause of high connections.

    Sambo Friday, 03 August 2018 07:57 PM

    Please keep an eye on Chinese business over here. If you remember the Show Boat in Thumulla. They vanished over nigh without paying the staff salaries and years of EPF

    Hari Mani Friday, 03 August 2018 09:21 PM

    Srilanka is becoming another Kazakhstan where the Chinese are the new masters running the economy with the help of a corrupt regime!

    RP Saturday, 04 August 2018 07:34 PM

    Chinese are flocking in to our country by hundreds. Most of them are hard working people and there are many of them involved in contraband, illegal activity and smuggling of endangered wildlife. Our country is blessed with abundant flora and fauna.My concern is for the wildlife animals adjoining Hambantota free trade zone, their days will be numbered, sad!


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