Nearly 50,000 suspects who had arrest warrants against them were taken into custody during countrywide raids carried out since July 1.
Police Headquarters said 48977 suspects were arrested in raids carried out around the country.
The raids were carried out on instructions from of Police Chief N.K Illangakone. This is sequent to the arrest a few months ago of underworld gangster Julampitiye Amare.
The highest number of arrests was recorded from the Central Province with 7329 suspects taken into custody. (SD)
Comments - 30
fayaZ Friday, 31 August 2012 11:01 AM
more than half of them will be re- released soon!!!!!!!
Minister Saturday, 01 September 2012 06:16 AM
I m sure its is 50,000 minus "ONE" They will never arrest that "ONE" !!
Sagara Friday, 31 August 2012 10:54 AM
Nearly 50,000 suspects! Serious or petty, that's a lot of law breakers. Gothabaya - are you listening?
Dalles Saturday, 01 September 2012 06:29 AM
GREAT JOB....... because I honestly dont think 50000 could have remained at large without any diplomatic immunity. Now the cops better brace themselves for the fury of their masters?
RamUK Friday, 31 August 2012 11:07 AM
for me you guys all are in a jail in an island any way no difference...
MagodisThuma Friday, 31 August 2012 11:59 AM
Some guys have diplomatic Immunity !
Incroyable! Friday, 31 August 2012 12:09 PM
Are all of these people in remand? Where are they being kept?
Mason Friday, 31 August 2012 12:33 PM
It speaks poorly of the law and order situation in the country if 50,000 were free to roam about with arrest warrants pending against them. Who is to be blamed ? Politician, Police or the Magistrate/Judge?
Dinithi Friday, 31 August 2012 12:28 PM
Yes election gundu which is great. Bring on more elections. People's demands will be met due to elections.
Dinithi Friday, 31 August 2012 12:42 PM
The biggest problem is indeed the legal system. They work effectively 5 hours per day. There are about 3 breaks of 1 to 2 hours. All staff in legal system think that they are 'kings'. Treat normal people like crap. The courts are like a prison. You cannot sneeze without getting scolded by some nasty looking juinior police officer who thinks he has the same power as the judge to put people in to the cage for contempt of courts. They will drag the most simple case for 5 years. So people go to the thugs (including politicians) to get their work done. Fast track the legal system in the country and then witness a huge improvement in the law and order.
garawi Friday, 31 August 2012 02:37 PM
Are Duminda and Mervyn Silva among trhem?
Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 31 August 2012 02:40 PM
They forgot to arrest that ITN guy !
Jeffry Friday, 31 August 2012 04:11 PM
TOUCHDOWN!!!!! EXCELLENT WORK INDEED!
Suda Friday, 31 August 2012 04:29 PM
There was a news item a few days back saying that his warrant was cancelled by the same court! DM, could you please clarify?
navi Friday, 31 August 2012 05:13 PM
Stop bullshitting. Give us a clear answer, Mr. Illangakoon
1. Do you know Sudarman has three or mo warrants to arrest 2. If you do why dont you arrest him 3. Is there two laws in Sri Lanka 4. Is some one above preventing you doing so 5. If so who is that bastard
Shane Friday, 31 August 2012 05:46 PM
Wonder what's gotten in to our cops these days....
telly Friday, 31 August 2012 08:34 PM
50000 without political connection to the royal Rajapaksa family
Chandler Friday, 31 August 2012 09:35 PM
What about the big fish in Kelania?
RamUK Friday, 31 August 2012 08:55 AM
ha ha ha u jokers...
richardson Sunday, 02 September 2012 04:15 PM
Who is going to feed these criminals?? At tax payer's expense??? Put hem on a chain gang or to work on Paddy fields wearing Amuday.
RajasH Friday, 31 August 2012 09:51 AM
I thought the defense secretary said that if there is crime that is a sign of normalcy., or does it only applies to NE
TR Friday, 31 August 2012 10:07 AM
But, still missing that iron robber who has political connection.
Rasa Friday, 31 August 2012 10:09 AM
Wow! Well done cops! But will our judicial system be able to cope with such numbers?
Nero Friday, 31 August 2012 10:11 AM
This are the sprats, the wheals are still at large.
j Friday, 31 August 2012 10:15 AM
Except well-known guys
Crazy Horse Friday, 31 August 2012 10:04 AM
Wonder what spurred the cops into finally doing their duty-another election gundu?
Justin Keppetiyagama Saturday, 01 September 2012 05:15 AM
Is it necessary to get a warrant for the police to arrest arrest a perpetrator of crime ?
Crimes are committed in villages. Is it necessary for the Local police to get the IGP's order to arrest these criminals.If so can't such power be delegated to an authoritative government officer like a Divisional Secretary at local level.
Will all these 50,000 be prosecuted or like this arrest information given to the public will the police inform the public the number that will be discharged without prosecuting.
If they are convicted will the judgement be executed for all
Will the public be informed the number of convicts pardoned under President's constitutional powers.
Nihal Perera Friday, 31 August 2012 10:16 AM
Great news!!! Keep it up.
Kevin Friday, 31 August 2012 10:30 AM
That's alright. Whales can do nothing with their sprats behind bars.
Ray Friday, 31 August 2012 10:40 AM
"Cops on fire"? Anyhow, nice job, and good luck with the good work.
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