Nearly 2,322 people were arrested for various offences while 5,254 were charged with traffic violations during a four-hour countrywide raid, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.
He said the Police carried out the raid from 10 p.m to 12 midnight on Tuesday and 3.00 a.m to 5 a.m today.
“Some 14,070 police officers took part in the raid carried out under the direction of IGP Pujith Jayasundara. More than 58,000 people and 29,090 vehicles were inspected after setting up 1,796 road blocks,” SP Gunasekera said.
He said 650 were charged with drunk driving while 635 people wanted for various crimes were also arrested.
SP Gunasekara said among those arrested were 423 on warrants and 531 persons were arrested on charges of peddling drugs and illegal liquor while 78 people were arrested for unruly behavior and five on charges of possessing weapons.(Darshana Sanjeewa)