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More than 100 people have been arrested for giving prank calls and providing misinformation to the police emergency 119 service, police said.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said 119 is for an emergency but most of the people called 119 for other purposes such as to resolve personal problems, inquire about fines imposed by the police, to report the loss of licences and identity cards.

He said action had been taken against people giving such calls under sections 180 and 208 of the penal code.

The police headquarters recently announced the provision to contact the police emergency 119 via the SMS.

Police believe that the SMS may also give the opportunity for pranksters to pass on misinformation though it was only meant to contact the police in an emergency.

 “We are on the lookout for the suspect who gave the police a call saying there was a hand grenade inside the Gampaha Magistrate’s courts,” S.P. Rohana said adding that a thorough search of the court premises yielded no such hand grenade. (Supun Dias)

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  • senavi Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:20 PM

    very good move against these anti socials

    Fair N Square Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:51 PM

    Calling re licences and Id's is NOT a prank call, yes they are NON emergency situations. The public should be educated as to what the emergency and non emergency situations are and be informed. IF calls are made after that for non emergency situations, THEN such people need to be fined.

    Mims Wednesday, 15 August 2012 10:49 PM

    The public must be educated about the uses of this important system, and it should not be used as a joke, thereby wasting valuable time and money. This is a serious matter, and those found guilty of making prank calls have to be penalized.

    Fazli Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:19 AM

    The Police should severely deal with such irresponsible charaters. Such behaviours create panic causing even unfortunate events.

    branu Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:47 AM

    Police is friend of public

    citizen1 Thursday, 16 August 2012 03:39 AM

    Anything but.

    Navin Thursday, 16 August 2012 04:04 AM

    Good job on the Simpson's reference in the graphic :-)

    lankaputha Thursday, 16 August 2012 04:52 AM

    the biggest problem is, we cannot make the call on emergency cause always the line is busy..

    Azj Thursday, 16 August 2012 07:40 AM

    to avoid prank calls , they should get the callers details and tele no then these prank calls will automatically stop.

    dujohn Thursday, 16 August 2012 11:53 AM

    If there are no responses when people call for emergency they definitely give prank calls


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