Prez tells Navy Commander to arrest illegal sand miners

31 January 2019 05:45 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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President Maithripala Sirisena has said he instructed the Navy Commander to arrest sand racketeers.

He said this while addressing the Environmental Pioneer Presidential Medal Awards Ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on Wednesday.

Referring to the recent incident in Trincomalee where there was a commotion when the Navy was attempting to arrest illegal sand miners, the President said the Navy should act without fear or favour.

“We all know that there was a tense situation in Trincomalee when the Navy tried to arrest illegal sand miners. I instructed the Navy Commander not to allow any illegal sand mining and arrest those engaged in this racket,” the President said.

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  • Bhathiya Thursday, 31 January 2019 07:04 PM

    Arrest all Sand Mafia members, including those in Polonnaruwa!

    Arthur Thursday, 31 January 2019 07:07 PM

    Excellent. Begin with 'Weli Raja'.

    Kumara Dharmarathne Thursday, 31 January 2019 08:06 PM

    Good job,Mr. President. Please continue to be acting this way.

    Saradiel Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:01 PM

    Shoot them on their legs if they resist or start any violence

    Ralahamy Friday, 01 February 2019 06:39 AM

    The news item tells heaps of truth about how tolerant the Navy men were. They have come out of the violence unleashed by the LTTE and they don't want the cause for another unstable situation in the country. But there is limit for tolerance.

    Kale Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:54 PM

    Seriously?The Navy?In any other country it would be the Police?

    Jude Thursday, 31 January 2019 10:26 PM

    No no arrest the Kingpins who employ the poor people for sand mining!!! And confiscate the tractor trailer tippers and other vehicles using for the ILLEGAL act !!!

    RP Friday, 01 February 2019 02:45 AM

    Next time direct Police to arrest all those who cannot explain their wealth

    Sri Wickrema Friday, 01 February 2019 06:03 AM

    So far you have given a lot of orders in various instances. But nothing happened. Is that because nobody gives a damn ?

    Munsir Friday, 01 February 2019 06:29 AM

    If we have to arrest for everything,we should start with politicians.

    Unchikun Friday, 01 February 2019 08:13 AM

    A first step towards a military rule?

    Buddhist Friday, 01 February 2019 07:44 PM

    Will this be another violation of the Constitution by the President for ordering the Navy to get involved in civilian matters when there is no emergency declared?


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