Light turns red for beggars at traffic lights

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The Police today launched an operation to arrest beggars frequenting traffic lights in a move to prevent traffic congestion and possible road accidents.

They said the decision was taken because those begging at traffic lights were a hindrance to vehicular traffic often resulting in congestion.

 

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  • indi Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:11 AM

    please help them yourself a bit too

    Anton Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:25 AM

    There is a beggar, well groomed, with a well maintained beard, who frequents the FAB outlet at Mount Lavinia junction, who will always request for a packet of lunch from all those coming out of FAB. sometimes I see this guy walking down Indrajothi Road at a pace much faster than those who frequent a gym. (I think he is also aided by the security guard at the FAB). Be careful

    kk Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:13 PM

    we will see..bribes via DM Android App

    Damithw Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:29 AM

    It is a job thye are doing and earning well. They will not accept any other job

    Gaman Thursday, 20 October 2016 01:26 PM

    You Mean Rs 100 Beggar Businessmen

    Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 19 October 2016 05:15 PM

    Its a good move . We find difficult to drive thro colour lights when beggars are standing in between vehicles .

    ali Wednesday, 19 October 2016 05:50 PM

    Our average people are creative or not, beggars are. Not just politicians, even beggars started to take us for a ride with new tactics:I encountered a few times, usually by the fuel stations guys coming in three-wheelers or bikes and asking for any amount claiming they ran out of fuel. And then others, usually husband, wife and a kid, relatively okay dressed requesting money saying different stories. There are also more trickier guys in Colombo area requesting only baby milk-powder packets and not money, I guess they sell it back to make money.

    ANTON Wednesday, 19 October 2016 05:56 PM

    ACTUALLY THEY ARE NOT BEGGARS, THEY ARE BUSINESSMEN...... USUALLY ONE MAKES ATLEAST 2000.00 RS. A DAY.

    perera Wednesday, 19 October 2016 05:59 PM

    Before arresting those innocent people look into their needsif they have a descent life line they won't be doing this

    Just Another Citizen Wednesday, 19 October 2016 06:01 PM

    Excellent, hope they do the same for traffic violations. It is so bad, we can recover the countries debt if they start fining.

    joe Silva Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:59 AM

    beggars and payment hawkers also should be dealt with not on a temporary basis but permanently. we seen this clean up during when Gota was in charge and during the commanwealth summit held in colombo

    Citizen Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:03 AM

    Most of these so called beggars are after easy money, not hard earned money !

    Sue Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:04 AM

    You mean the beggars will bribe the cops!!!

    Lumia love Sunday, 23 October 2016 06:00 PM

    That guy also comes to Templers Rd for begging. He usually smiles even if you don't give him money.

    Sanje Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:13 AM

    Excellent. I hope they will strictly implement the law , and not , only for 1-2 weeks.

    Dee Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:23 AM

    So many will be out of business. Including parents who rent out small kids, ones with slight deformities at double than normal ones.

    Sham Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:28 AM

    if the beggars to started to bribe the traffic police officers, they will be free to beg again near color lights..

    Don Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:32 AM

    Its only temporary if the police is handling it. I have to literally tell them to stop three wheelers crossing double lines to congest at traffic lights. via DM Android App

    Ash Thursday, 20 October 2016 04:56 PM

    now they too will go on a demonstration and block traffic... Banana republic only... via DM Android App

    Joe Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:34 AM

    Arresting is not the best solution rather take these fellows put them in rehab and give them job opportunities. via DM Android App

    roy Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:19 PM

    it took the police so long to implement this. via DM Android App

    sobers Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:43 AM

    They must be banned in Trains

    kaboos Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:44 AM

    how long will this prevail.


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