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Special unit formed on deforestation, env. destruction: Minister

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A special unit has been formed comprising of STF personnel and Police Environmental Unit to take immediate action against deforestation, the Public Security Minister Rear Admiral (Rtd)  Sarath Weerasekera said. 

Those who are indulging in deforestation, poaching and causing destruction to environmental activities will be caught by the police and punished  severely. 

To provide any alert to the STF on these illegal activities, the emergency phone number 1997 is active all the time to apprehend the culprits, he said.

He said the new unit will act swiftly on any alert by general public with regards to environmental destruction, including deforestation. 

He also said that a system has been established to punish the wrongdoers.

"Destroying the environment means destroying the nation. It is also about depriving our country of the future generations.

Therefore, the President has focused his attention on this matter and with proper understanding,b he had instructed me to take action," he said.

The minister said that he solicit the help of the people and requested the public provide  information about those who are involved in such criminal activities. "We will deploy security personnel at pivotal places to arrest the criminals," he said.

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  • Anonymous Monday, 22 February 2021 07:48 PM

    Are they going to stop the leaders friends as well?

    Nomads Monday, 22 February 2021 08:00 PM

    Criminals are all ready in the act of deforesting in the name of development. Why wait security forces show your authority over this or this is above the duty to stick your heads into it.Worry is will this

    vince Monday, 22 February 2021 09:34 PM

    Now get on with it. Stop any bastard whoever they are or who they have connections with. enough talking

    Peacemaker Monday, 22 February 2021 09:36 PM

    It looks like another of their committees

    Tom Monday, 22 February 2021 10:05 PM

    This illegal deforestation doing by non but pohottuwa supporters, hope you will take strick action for anyone involved wrong doing


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