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Public cautioned; Colombo witnesses nearly 8,000 drug addicts roaming: Police

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The officers attached to Pettah police division had made a public announcement to caution the public and passengers that they should be extra vigilant of their belongings, as around 8,000 drug addicts are roaming in the busy areas of Colombo city.

They said that several police officers were assigned to make that announcement from today. 

Accordingly, the policemen get into the buses and advise the passengers to be extra vigilant of their belonging, as hundreds of drug addicts are roaming in the city.

They said the drug addicts will be looking for valuables such as mobile phones, ladies' handbags, jewellery and men's wallets for easy money.

The public also requested to get collective actions if any case was reported on stealing, snatch theft or incidents of thefts in public transport and to alert the nearest police post. The drug addicts have come to the Colombo city to target the shoppers who throng in the city prior to the upcoming festival season, the police said.

The passengers who use public transport are advised to get luggage tickets before loading their extra luggage in the buses. Many incidents were reported from Colombo city during the last couple of days regarding theft, snatch theft and stealing incidents with valuables worth over Rs.100,000 a day.

Therefore, the public are requested to pay more attention to their personal belongings as the thieves can cut through their bags and backpacks and steal their valuables. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama and Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

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  • Teardrop Friday, 26 March 2021 09:11 PM

    Why don’t they pardon more rogues? This government is such a flop

    What do at the parliment Friday, 26 March 2021 09:18 PM

    Yes...227 at the Parliament.

    Michael Ranasinghe Friday, 26 March 2021 09:44 PM

    Wow sensational news coming from a government that swore they will rid the country of narcotics in six months . Defense secretary are you in the moon or mars ?

    Senior Citizen Saturday, 27 March 2021 09:42 AM

    Too many snatch thieves attach senior citizen ladies in Dehiwela Mount Lavina areas. They also push them in to drains before the take off. IGP should save these people.

    Triple X Saturday, 27 March 2021 09:41 PM

    Well 6.9 has a nation saving president.

    Aran Saturday, 27 March 2021 10:28 PM

    It is a shame of the Day if govt police make such announcement,

    Ranaweera Saturday, 27 March 2021 11:40 PM

    8,000 addicted, oh my God. What on earth these religious leaders were doing all these time. They have failed.

    VJ Sunday, 28 March 2021 12:13 AM

    Half of that are bus drivers.


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