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SLTDA orders immediate closure of Mirissa 'Surf Bar'

17 April 2018 04:43 pm - 20     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Controversial ‘Water Creatures Beach Guest Restaurant & Surf Bar’ in Mirissa, where a group of Dutch tourists were brutally assaulted, has been shut down following an order from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) a short while ago.

Six suspects were earlier arrested by Weligama Police in connection with the incident and remanded until April 19 after the Daily Mirror exposed the incident. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 20

  • Ishan Tuesday, 17 April 2018 04:53 PM

    Good decision, but they open with another name.

    Ban Tuesday, 17 April 2018 05:43 PM

    Those who were running the place should be banned for life from running resorts. SL has lost its name as a result of Mirissa

    Tony Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:18 PM

    Yes if not they will open in new location under another name

    CITIZEN Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:47 PM

    Definitely the owner of the restaurant will be a politician, as you mentioned , they will open with another name

    Rasheed Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:22 AM

    Yes, you are correct, these types of business cannot be operated by ordinary citizen,it has to be either Politician or Top Police officials

    Machan Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:53 PM

    Thank you SLTDA. Very good decision! Please make sure the culprits are punished too.

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:56 PM

    This really good decision, This bar owners must be fined and punished by courts. Being attacked western tourist is severely negative effects on tourism and Foreign investment , bad effect on our Sri Lankan culture. Well done Government action.

    Amw Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:32 PM

    Lucky we have a strong Tourism Minister with a backbone! thank u sir !

    Jaliya Wednesday, 18 April 2018 08:37 PM

    It has taken over 8 days form the minister for a response/apology and even that was as weak as his soft backbone .

    Gayan Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:46 PM

    Verdict before trial. Shame.

    Typical Wednesday, 18 April 2018 09:57 AM

    So you want the trial to go on for like 5 years?

    VJ Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:50 PM

    Thanks to Daily Mirror for exposing the incident. The criminals would have escaped punishment. The DM must also expose The Beach Boys as well. I also hope this place remains shut.

    Be Fair Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:47 PM

    Well, oil the Palms and it will be open in double quick time

    Nilame Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:02 PM

    Maximum punishment to be given to culprits who tarnished the reputation of our tourism industry.

    Martin Milton Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:19 PM

    Excellent. Hopefully also NEVER to be opened again. What happened to the criminals involved in these atrocious heinous crimes assaulting Tourists visiting Sri Lanka?Let us hope they will be in Prison for a LONG time suffering under the watchful eyes of the Prison Officers who hopefully will teach them a thing or two about treating visitors to Sri Lanka respectfully and as well as possible. MM

    Jehan Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:20 PM

    Sex perverts running as provincial council etc.Murderers running as politicians.Arsonist running as policemanRioters running as STFWe have to change if the country to change.We don't want to be led by bafoons.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:42 PM

    That's a good start. But now, there must be an investigation why this unregistered restaurant was allowed to operate for so long. I remember this place was in the news regarding a similar incident some years ago as well, but it has continued to operate until now. Also, where were the Tourist Police when this attack took place?

    rajitha7 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:50 PM

    Yes, the culprits are very likely guilty. The shop needs to be shut down too. Although due process needs to be followed. So its best to say "shut down till investigations are complete" or something along these lines.

    Gratiaen Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:02 PM

    We hail the Hon.Minister for taking this prompt action.This is the correct way handling issues affecting the reputation of our country. We know the relevant Minister is a straightforward gentleman and no humbug with him. Thank you, Sir!!!

    Don Wednesday, 18 April 2018 08:53 PM

    Mirissa Beach side is a very unsafe place even during day time as drug lords are operating every piece of the land.

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