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Corruption taints operations on drugs, underworld criminals

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Colombo, April 3 (Daily Mirror) - In response to mounting concerns over reports of several police officers being in contact with leading drug lords, some of whom operate from overseas while others are imprisoned following recent crackdowns on underworld gangs, intelligence officers have been deployed to identify the police officers collaborating with organized criminals and drug traffickers with their assets to be probed, the Daily Mirror learns.

Police have received information regarding certain officers being in touch with criminals in return for perks and large sums of cash as bribes. However, investigations are secretly underway to track them down.

These rogue officers are accused of aiding criminal activity and taking undue advantage of their positions.

In a recent incident, the Inspector General of Police has taken action to suspend the Agalawatta Police Officer-in-Charge (OIC), who has been accused of having close contact with an underworld gang and receiving money from them on a monthly basis.

The police headquarters received information that this officer had close relations with underworld leaders 'Kudu Anju' and 'Alto Dharme', who are said to be operating from Dubai. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU) have initiated investigations against him.

Sources said that intelligence officers have been deployed to gather information about such corrupt officers through their colleagues who are on duty and from the public and security committees in those areas.

The investigation focuses on the Western and Southern Provinces, known for their high rates of organized crime and drug trafficking. Authorities suspect these areas have become breeding grounds for corrupt police officers and criminals.

The police have launched multiple operations to crack down on the underworld and drug activities in the country. Due to corrupt officials, the police operations have also been severely affected.

It was also reported that some police officers are receiving large sums of cash as gifts and other perks from underworld figures. Some officers who had close relations with them have even fled the country.

Police said that their investigations will also focus on suspected officers' assets and wealth to determine their sources of income. Bank accounts of these officers will also be scrutinized as part of the investigation process.

Earlier, the police transferred several senior police officers from the CID for allegedly aiding and abetting detained underworld leaders 'Harak Kata' and 'Kudu Salindu'.

IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon while serving as the Acting IGP had previously warned officers about information indicating their links to criminals. He said that action would be taken against them based on investigations.


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  • Jaffna Logic Wednesday, 03 April 2024 07:03 AM

    Face the truth , 99% of all police officers come from working class or semi working class background, so expecting them to behave honestly when opportunities keep coming towards them to make quick big money is ludicrous and impractical. The only solution is to create a new Police force consisting only of middle class boys and girls with university education. This British introduced system of empowering the working class youths to enforce law of the land is counter-intuitive and as stupid as the British.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 03 April 2024 05:11 PM

    When a fellow fit for plucking coconut is donned a uniform, given a weapon and authority and told he can also enjoy impunity for all the devious things he does, the result is a Southern Sinhalese Policemen. Apologies, this is true fact.

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 03 April 2024 05:37 PM

    They could have university education or the PhD, they do to survive and also to have a comfortable life Who does a honest job in our country with a skyrocketed cost of living. They lie, cheat and even sell their own mother for bus fare.

    Kumara Wednesday, 03 April 2024 07:08 AM

    Hat's off to the new IGP for starting to address these deeprooted issues. How many cops own busses and three-wheelers which operate recklessly and unchecked....

    Rip Winkle Wednesday, 03 April 2024 07:46 AM

    How about investigating the corrupt cops on the payroll of innumerable crooked politicians in Sri Lanka?

    Leo Wednesday, 03 April 2024 08:01 AM

    The biggest drug lords in SL are politicians, but they will never be touched.

    Cecil Hedwige Wednesday, 03 April 2024 08:09 AM

    Well done Mr Tennakoon you doing an excellent job. You should pinpoint these corrupt officials as criminals and take severe action against them. You are a patriotic warrier. Way to go

    Ram Wednesday, 03 April 2024 08:22 AM

    Talking about assets of Police officers I urge the Government to probe the assets of all Police officers from IG down. Many will fail in explaining how they acquired their assets. It will be same with the politicians

    joshua Wednesday, 03 April 2024 08:29 AM

    Corrupting is something well established by the Rajapakshes everywhere. Now paying time...

    Jude Wednesday, 03 April 2024 08:54 AM

    Lankan legal system very weak mainly because of biased judges!!

    Jude Wednesday, 03 April 2024 08:54 AM

    Some of the judges are crooked!!

    Jude Wednesday, 03 April 2024 09:07 AM

    If you look at the history you find that the Chief Justice gave a favorable judgment on HELPING HAMBANTOTA case, Sarath Silva who has previously apologized to Sri Lankans for what he called his politically- Motivated judgement in favour of former president MR. Now I rest my case, that's the State of affairs in Lankan judiciary system.

    Adwani Wednesday, 03 April 2024 09:35 AM

    The Government must set deadlines to all Senior Police Officers to surrender all informations and contacts of drug dealers, if not, then they too will be considered as drug dealers and shot on the road.

    Sandy Wednesday, 03 April 2024 11:20 AM

    Hang a few drug lords then everything will be okay

    sam Wednesday, 03 April 2024 12:39 PM

    They catch noone

    Sokrates Wednesday, 03 April 2024 02:42 PM

    @ Jaffna Logic. The British police force has changed for a long time, only the Sri Lankan police have remained the same. Almost all British police officers have a university degree before joining the force or receive one during police training.

    Kappampala Rabalum Wednesday, 03 April 2024 03:48 PM

    Corruption begins at Parliament! Must stop and lock-up them first!


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