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Six-month ultimatum to wipe out underworld crimes


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In the wake of escalating killings and robberies across the country, the police, in collaboration with the Special Task Force (STF), have launched special operations to crack down on organized criminals and individuals associated with them, with the aim of completely controlling organized crimes in the country within the next six months, Western Province Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon told Daily Mirror.

The authorities have implemented measures to take strict legal action against those involved in organized crimes as Sri Lanka has recently experienced a disturbing increase in shootings, resulting in a significant loss of lives and injuries. According to statistics, 40 people have been killed in shootings so far this year while several more have been injured. Yesterday, two individuals were shot dead in the Adampan area of Mannar. The victims, a 46-year-old and a 53-year-old were riding a motorcycle when they were targeted.

Earlier, a committee was appointed headed by Tennakoon, appointed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate and report on measures that can be implemented to combat drug and underworld activities. The committee was appointed under the guidance of Public Security Minister Tiran Alles.

The committee comprises of Senior DIG K.P.M. Gunaratne from the Northern Province, SDIG Sajeewa Medawatta from the Southern Province, STF Commandant DIG Waruna Jayasundara, CID DIG S.P. Ranasingha, Police Narcotics Bureau DIG Oshan Hewawitharana, Special Bureau DIG T.C.A. Dhanapala, and Colombo Crime Division Director N. Silva.

Senior DIG Tennakoon said the committee, responsible for assessing the current situation and proposing effective strategies to address drug and underworld activities, have compiled an extensive database of organized gangsters and associates operating within Sri Lanka.

It was revealed that some of these criminals continue to run their operations from within prison walls.

As a result, a special operation targeting to arrest these gangsters will commence next week, he said.

Tennakoon said that they had discussions with the Public Security Minister and the Minister of Rehabilitation & Prison Reforms in this regard.

In response to the concerning rise in shootings and underworld activities carried out by gangsters operating from overseas, the Senior DIG said that efforts will be made to tackle underworld figures operating from overseas. The police, in conjunction with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), will launch a coordinated effort to address this issue.

Furthermore, he said a programme has been initiated to re-investigate unsolved crimes and expedite pending investigations. The objective is to identify and apprehend suspects, as well as those who have aided and abetted criminal activities.

Apart from apprehending criminals, authorities are also focused on seizing illegally acquired assets and properties of underworld gangsters.

The Senior DIG said that these illegal assets will be confiscated following thorough inquiries, and steps have already been taken to initiate this process.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

  Comments - 29

  • natalie nanayakara Friday, 25 August 2023 07:07 AM

    Are the criminal masterminds the Rajapaksas that bankrupted the country included in the list?

    Jayantha Friday, 25 August 2023 07:08 AM

    Get rid of all petti kada alone the road. These are one of the main culprits of underworld and drug activities.

    Nimal Friday, 25 August 2023 07:16 AM

    A good licence to kill political and personal opponents?

    Kettle Friday, 25 August 2023 07:43 AM

    Pot calling the kettle black

    Christo255 Friday, 25 August 2023 07:57 AM

    Ha ha ha, who are we fooling. Will do anything for IGP post Friday, 25 August 2023 08:15 AM

    An agent of the den of thieves.

    Geirge Friday, 25 August 2023 08:20 AM

    Go for it with full force! Do not let 225 to interfere because they too are connected to crimes!!

    Melville Perera Friday, 25 August 2023 08:24 AM

    Will it be effective?Has he forgotten the ARAGALAYA incident? Were they armed? Who chased whom then

    Patriot Friday, 25 August 2023 08:29 AM

    Is this including Police Department underworld??

    Gamini Friday, 25 August 2023 08:38 AM

    This is an eye wash. Underworld crimes here are always linked to drugs. Knowing who is responsible for drug trafficking, will this work?

    Jude Friday, 25 August 2023 08:38 AM

    For starters, underworld crimes cannot be wiped out!! However you could control under world Crimes but first you got to apprehend the politicians behind underworld gang leaders, yeah. There's political patronage for underworld crimes and that's no secret!!

    joshua Friday, 25 August 2023 08:51 AM

    Good. Hope you will include the masterminds, in that Parliament too..... the biggest menace for this country.

    Dee Friday, 25 August 2023 08:54 AM

    You cannot ‘wipe out’ around 20% of the voter base can you? Please understand that One underworld guy has around 10-15 direct dependents- including parents, spouses, in-laws etc. taking off the underworld character won’t solve the issue because their entire families are in it together!

    Lost Island Friday, 25 August 2023 09:22 AM

    How can this goal be achieved when the politicians and the head of the police itself are the keepers and the protectors of the underworld gangs? How many time have such operations been implemented? Where are the results of those operations? This fellow Tennokone is another culprit and do you think we people will believe all these news? This is another election gundu. A plant between RW and Tennakone.

    jagath Friday, 25 August 2023 09:31 AM

    A plan to bump off the political opponents by the ranil rajapaksa criminal syndicate.

    Dinesh Friday, 25 August 2023 09:58 AM

    Means bigger bribes and even bigger corruption.

    Terrence K Friday, 25 August 2023 10:07 AM

    Who are guarding the public fom the guardians of the law?

    Dakuneyaka Friday, 25 August 2023 10:20 AM

    The Capital Punishment must be effected . No point in it being in the Statues. Today " Punks' go

    Ikram Friday, 25 August 2023 10:51 AM

    Rule of Law is essential for country to prospher.

    Do Doo Dooo Chin Friday, 25 August 2023 11:17 AM

    Ranil is protecting the robbers, underworld gangsters and all wrong doers. Even we are not sure that Ranil will last for another 6 months.

    M.N.P. Nanayakara [Retired IP] Friday, 25 August 2023 12:23 PM

    If the SriLanka Police Department can operate without the interference of the dirty politicians, controlling underworld is nothing for them.

    Ram Friday, 25 August 2023 03:22 PM

    Ultimatums were made previously too but containing the crime wasn't successful. This 6 months period is to hoodwink the people. I see the government making these statements often without success. It is Frustrating

    dinesh Friday, 25 August 2023 03:26 PM

    and im laughing from my backside....

    Milroy Peter Friday, 25 August 2023 03:29 PM

    This is a joke this government will never do that it is all nonsense only a NPP government will do that

    Sharmila Friday, 25 August 2023 03:33 PM

    Please set your targeted year 2048

    Brandon Kelly Friday, 25 August 2023 07:25 PM

    Salaya Peeris and the lot would be very crossed, losing a chance to earn big bucks from criminals.

    ANNECUNT Saturday, 26 August 2023 11:39 AM


    Power Hungry Politician. Saturday, 26 August 2023 11:47 AM

    Hope that in this plan to wipe out underworld crimes, they would not target Opponents of the Government too so that they will have a free reign ! NPP please keep watch.

    Bring back controls like during LTTE war and crime will go down Saturday, 26 August 2023 08:01 PM

    Only way to control crime is to lock down like during war against LTTE. Even those days there was some murders, but not was much as now. Public cannot have it both ways, complain about time lost for lots of security checks everywhere or not do that have far more crime.

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