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The Police had launched a special operation in Colombo and suburbs since Monday to seize illegal firearms following several shooting incidents in the recent past, Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.  

Shooting incidents were on the rise in Grandpass, Mattakkuliya, Wellampitiya, Borella, Nawagamuwa and Ratmalana in the Western Province recently. Seven persons had been shot dead in the recent past, while two more were killed in related incidents. Two more were injured.

“These incidents are not related. These were not carried out by one group. It seems more like personal disputes, mainly over drug trafficking,” SSP Rohana said.

He said that the Police Anti-narcotic Division had received information on drug trafficking, which had raised suspicion among drug smugglers among one another.
“However, some who were shot dead, had no criminal record,” he said.

He said a survey to find registered weapons would also take place along with the operation. “Many fire arms brought during the war are now circulated in Colombo and suburbs,” he said.

“People can contact the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) and inform if they had details of such weapons. The general public can reach the CCD through 011-2662311 and 011-2685151. The information would be confidential and informants will be rewarded,” SSP Rohana said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

(Sanath Desmond)

  Comments - 12

  • bernard Monday, 18 August 2014 02:16 PM

    Its a symptom of the wider militarization of the society. Why don't the police declare an operation against the drug epidemic in the country? Surely these drive by shootings are often related to drugs? Or is the politicians involvdef in the drug trade above the law?

    citizen Monday, 18 August 2014 07:51 PM

    Chk the politicians goons catchers they are the ones who have illegal fire arms. Deserters of the armed forces via DM Android App

    perera Monday, 18 August 2014 02:28 PM

    atart with the cretins in parliament. you will net a good haul not just guns mind.

    Dee Monday, 18 August 2014 02:40 PM

    First stop those idiots in blue and red flashers fixed on dashboards of even cheap trucks. Then you will find all these. Only if you can hold your post please. We need the updates on TV.

    saman Monday, 18 August 2014 03:02 PM

    This news alert to all who use illegal fire arms.
    So please hide your illegal fire arms at nearest politician's place for the moment.

    jobless bee Monday, 18 August 2014 03:04 PM

    what about the people who dead in aluthgama

    heroin Hub Monday, 18 August 2014 03:06 PM

    heroin is like rice in sri lanka becos our government fellows are smart in importing them

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 18 August 2014 03:20 PM

    Seizing illegal firearms? Are you kidding?

    ABC Tuesday, 19 August 2014 06:32 AM

    Hope Police is sincere about their operation to make Sri Lanka a better living place. via DM Android App

    Nonsense Tuesday, 19 August 2014 09:07 AM

    Will this operation affect even the goons supporting the politicians via DM Android App

    Labby Tuesday, 19 August 2014 05:24 AM

    Now is the toy pistol of Hambantota legal or illegal ?

    suresh Tuesday, 19 August 2014 05:36 AM

    Hope this includes 'toy' pistols too.

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