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12 May 2013 02:40 pm - 65     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Police in Batticaloa has relaxed helmet rules, facilitating the Muslims going for Jumma prayers.

“It is compulsory to wear helmets when riding motorcycles. However, if you are riding to attend Jumma prayers on Fridays in Kattankudy between 12 noon and 2 p.m. it is not necessary to wear helmets,” Batticaloa DIG V. Indran said.

He was speaking at a meeting held at Kattankudy Jami-ul-lapreen mosque.

“Law is for every one, however, on humanitarian grounds, considering the atmosphere in Kattankudy, this concession is granted. But it must not be abused. However, at all other times helmet wearing is compulsory,” he said.

“If you do not wear helmet when riding motorcycle, the Police will take legal action.

“Drug menace in Batticaloa must be stopped. Stern action will be taken. Public should co-operate with police.

“Do not try to bribe them. If any police officer received bribe or involved in any illegal activity, they would be punished,” he said.

The meeting was also attended by Batticaloa Headquarters Police OIC Kingsley Gunasekera and Kattankudy Police Station Deputy OIC I. PO Ranasinghe. (Mohamed Azeez)

  Comments - 65

  • sapp Monday, 13 May 2013 08:08 AM

    People who have right heads will not need helmets, because of wrong heads only will need helmet.

    SudhuPancha Monday, 13 May 2013 08:53 AM

    If u value ure head wear a helmet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shokku Masta Monday, 13 May 2013 08:49 AM

    Maybe what the Police said was that helmets don't have to be worn for prayers!

    Shokku Masta Monday, 13 May 2013 08:48 AM

    Strange decision by the Batticaloa police. I wonder what the medical professionals have to say. Helmets are not for purposes of satisfying the Police but to protect the heads of motocycle riders. Maybe the police will also decide that during the Friday prayer period riders can exceed the speed limit as well.

    Sim Monday, 13 May 2013 08:43 AM

    How can the Police break the rule, they are supposed to implement the rule of law.

    Hari Monday, 13 May 2013 08:17 AM


    fazli Monday, 13 May 2013 08:17 AM

    whats the 'incinvenience' in wearing a helmet bro ?

    Yehiya Monday, 13 May 2013 08:16 AM

    You have to learn more about Islam.

    Abubakar Monday, 13 May 2013 08:10 AM

    Why make a stupid exemption for a community at a time when communal hatred is on the rise, its very sensitive only needs a tiny spark!!!!!!

    Amintha Monday, 13 May 2013 08:56 AM

    Kanthankudy also should be under one Sri Lankan law.

    Rateweda Monday, 13 May 2013 08:03 AM

    They will go to heaven in first class flight

    Tuan Monday, 13 May 2013 07:55 AM

    The Creator will take care of His worshipers. For convenience wearing helmets is not necessary during jumma prayers.

    orange Monday, 13 May 2013 07:54 AM

    Because they have a head at that time only they are going for prayers, anyone who don't have a head will not go for prayers.

    Pramod Fernando Monday, 13 May 2013 07:54 AM

    Does everything happen in Sri Lanka according to what Muslim people expect?

    Pramod Fernando Monday, 13 May 2013 07:53 AM

    Prayers or not if you are involved in an accident, your head will be like a watermelon if you do not wear a helmet. Allah may not be there to protect your head. SL law... Funny indeed.........!!!

    John Fernandez Monday, 13 May 2013 07:51 AM

    Rules and regulations should be for all citizens and it should not be relaxed just for religious purposes. This is ridiculous!

    Yehiya Monday, 13 May 2013 07:38 AM

    What a funny country.Muslims never ask this,Law is fair to all in all occasions. Helmet is safety items. Whos weakness is this.

    vijitha Monday, 13 May 2013 07:35 AM

    does dig has the power to make such an order

    Titanic Monday, 13 May 2013 08:56 AM

    This could be the fastest way to reach Heaven or Hell.

    Plain talker Monday, 13 May 2013 09:07 AM

    Mosque priests should urge the followers to be sensible and wear the helmet

    Minister Monday, 13 May 2013 09:31 AM

    What a funny concession!

    fazli Monday, 13 May 2013 09:47 AM

    let sense prevail

    Tuan Monday, 13 May 2013 09:56 AM

    If time has come for death no helmets can prevent it.

    derek jumat Monday, 13 May 2013 10:55 AM

    Without helmet, you are asking to die! And suicide is prohibited in Islam. So, shut up and follow the rules like everyone else.

    citizen Monday, 13 May 2013 11:09 AM

    Go study what shariah law is.

    Tuan Monday, 13 May 2013 11:21 AM

    For jumma time people rush for prayers and may be going without helmets on bikes and police would have detected this many times and probably would have come to this conclusion.

    Fairose Monday, 13 May 2013 11:31 AM

    This is nothing - Chande Kundu - trying to hoodwink the community that is loosing its faith with the rulers.

    xlntgson Monday, 13 May 2013 11:42 AM

    Eye wash concession while Muslims elsewhere threatened with consequences, vacate notices!

    Punny Pellow Tuesday, 14 May 2013 03:08 AM

    No Hell Met?.

    Raju Tuesday, 14 May 2013 04:05 AM

    now every Tom, Dick and Samen will claim they're on their way to Jumma prayers while being stopped with no Helmet!what can the Police do anyway? follow them to the Mosque or check the genitals?

    trueman Tuesday, 14 May 2013 04:11 AM

    Sharia Law itslef is better for a country like our where dere is no law implemented at all.. atleast then crime will go down.

    DK Friday, 11 January 2019 11:52 AM

    God !LOL!

    arunasilva Friday, 18 January 2019 08:50 AM

    So are they going to do the same for poya days and sunday catholic mass time as well then..? what a pity..

    Nishantha Monday, 13 May 2013 05:30 AM

    This is not a Shharia Law, local police decision. BTW it'll help to reduce Muslims community in Sri Lanka.

    nalaka Sunday, 12 May 2013 03:23 PM

    so what if their is an accident during that time they may get seriously injured

    Shiyam Sunday, 12 May 2013 03:24 PM

    The police move is welcome, but riders should not forget that Helmet is worn for their own safety, hence they should wear it irrespective of prayer timings.

    Dilhan Sunday, 12 May 2013 03:28 PM

    What kind of a law is this? If those Muslims who attending to so called Jumma Musjid met an accident and died who get the responsibility.

    Shan Sunday, 12 May 2013 03:35 PM

    Oh god for safety.

    ANTON Sunday, 12 May 2013 04:15 PM


    Andrzeja Sunday, 12 May 2013 04:18 PM

    If you're riding for prayers you are immune from life threatening head injuries?

    crick Sunday, 12 May 2013 04:43 PM

    why, don't they have a head at that time??

    SALIYA WICKS Monday, 13 May 2013 04:39 AM

    Oh my goodness! Is this Sri Lanka!

    Thila Monday, 13 May 2013 04:47 AM

    This is crazy ...Health and safety cannot be waved at any time…

    Rikaz Monday, 13 May 2013 04:50 AM

    police move is welcome. this doesnt mean those who have helmet can leave home and ride. on your own risk.

    ravi Monday, 13 May 2013 05:11 AM

    so what about others who is going temple church and kovil

    ind Monday, 13 May 2013 05:12 AM

    helmet is a must for people who have heads !!

    Upali Monday, 13 May 2013 05:12 AM

    What the DIG says is that 'the law is there but the police will look the other way during that particular time'. Nothing new. We have seen hundreds and hundreds of instances to corroborate what he says.

    Pushpe Monday, 13 May 2013 05:15 AM

    Sharia law will come soon to that area & after that to the whole country.

    what a good future for the country.

    Manamendra Monday, 13 May 2013 05:15 AM

    First step towards implemeting Sharia law in Sri Lanka.

    Prof. Calculas Sunday, 12 May 2013 03:19 PM

    Short cut to heaven?

    Roshan Monday, 13 May 2013 05:53 AM

    It is not Sharia Law you stupid, even in Colombo certain traffic laws are relaxed, example the three lane parking in front of Ladies College and St. Bridget convent during school hours.

    Z Fernando Monday, 13 May 2013 05:53 AM

    Helmets are for people who have brains inside the skull, otherwise why worry?

    T.R.Silva Monday, 13 May 2013 06:15 AM

    That will be Gods wish then (during this 2 hrs)...

    Just Another Citizen Monday, 13 May 2013 06:27 AM

    So safety is also not compulsory? What a stone age we live in.

    orange Monday, 13 May 2013 06:28 AM

    First you should know what is sharia law before commenting, this shows there is no head.

    Sammy Monday, 13 May 2013 06:29 AM

    Jumma prayers are not recited while riding motor bikes, so I do not understand the relevance of this waiver.

    AB Monday, 13 May 2013 06:34 AM

    Whatever law anywhere one have to respect. It is nothing bad and good for any people.

    Marikkar Monday, 13 May 2013 06:39 AM

    A very Bad initiative. In general Law the Priority should be given to Safety measures. This is a clear sign of Sri Lanka moving towards jungle law.

    Niwas Monday, 13 May 2013 06:41 AM

    In That moment most of the crime which happening today will be stopped. Most importanly, law will be same for every body

    AB Monday, 13 May 2013 06:44 AM

    15th of April (Monday) was made a government holiday. Hope it will be made same suit for church, kovil and mosque.

    Raashid Monday, 13 May 2013 06:44 AM

    Wonder why such action was taken? What's the rationale behind this?

    kumar Monday, 13 May 2013 06:48 AM

    I don't see any sense in this kind of exemptions. Wearing helmet is only for your own safety.

    Abdul Monday, 13 May 2013 06:48 AM

    This is not Sharia Law, if Sharia Law is implemented, they will HAVE to wear helmets.

    CONCERNED Monday, 13 May 2013 06:58 AM

    This is commpletely wrong. Under no circumstances should the Police waiver the rule. Furthermore, can the Police agree to amend the law ?

    Arshad Monday, 13 May 2013 07:07 AM

    As a Muslim, I have to say this is a stupid decision. They don't pray on top of the motorbikes. They pray in the mosque. I fail to understand the relevance of it.

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