December 2015

Special Excise Unit robs Rs.2.5mn from suspect?

1st December 2015 // 0 Comments

Controversy surrounds a shocking incident relating to the Colombo Excise Department where members of its special branch had allegedly assaulted and threatened a businessman in Mannar at gunpoint and robbed his cash amounting to Rs.2.5 million, informed sources disclosed. Six members attached to the special unit, which is known as the Special Branch or the Intelligence Unit that directly operates under the purview of the Department’s Deputy Commissioner Crimes, had arrested a businessman in Mannar on November 21 during a special raid. The Excise team in civvies led by the Officer-in-Charge of the special unit armed with pistols had obstructed the businessman’s car at an undisclosed location on the Mannar – Anuradhapura main Road. The businessman identified as Dushmantha and his driver Pradeep were taken […]

SL to auction seized Indian fishing trawlers

1st December 2015 // 0 Comments

4 Indian fishermen arrested in November “No end to Indian fishermen entering our waters” – SLN Spokesman Captain Akarm Alavi By Shanika Sriyananda Indian trawlers seized while poaching Sri Lankan territorial waters and damaging the country’s marine flora and fauna are to be auctioned soon, according to Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director General Lal Fernando. Fernando told the Daily FT that a total of 61 Indian trawlers, some of which were sized as far back as May 2014, are held in the Department’s custody, and will not be released but auctioned instead. Fernando said, “The Ministry has taken a firm decision not to release any trawler or mechanised boat caught violating the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) of Sri Lanka. We will release […]

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