President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Public Safety Minister Tiran Alles have assured there shall be no affect from any quarter in implementing the intensified crime prevention and management measures now being undertaken by the Police, Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Talduwa instructed the Sunday Observer yesterday.
SSP Talduwa mentioned that the Police have been able to undertake any crime and violence-preventing safety approaches as per the IGP’s directions to cut back crime involving unlawful firearms within the palms of narcotics and underworld gangs.
Thalduwa mentioned these steps observe directions issued by Public Safety Minister Tiran Alles to the Inspector Common of Police, C.D. Wickremeratne. The police prime brass of the Western and Southern Provinces are intensifying efforts to bolster their departments to successfully deter and cut back the obvious rise in murders, thefts, interpersonal violence, and crimes linked to unlawful firearms, the Police spokesman mentioned.
The Minister has instructed the IGP to take decisive motion towards prison offenders utilizing unlawful firearms. The directions got here throughout an emergency assembly held between Minister Tiran Alles and Public Safety Ministry Secretary Viyani Gunathilaka with the IGP, Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon, Southern Province SDIG S.C. Madawatta, and Commander of the Particular Activity Power DIG Waruna Jayasundara.
The Police would quickly announce a common weapon amnesty to gather unlawful firearms as per directions from Public Safety Minister Alles as a part of its measures to handle the issue of crimes involving small arms, mentioned SSP Thalduwa. Those that have unlawful firearms can give up them to the police till July 31 with no questions requested, as soon as the amnesty is efficient.
We requested SSP Thalduwa whether or not the homicides and crimes associated to unlawful weapons have risen in Western and Southern Provinces as a consequence of police needing to undertake environment friendly crime prevention approaches or the widespread availability of weapons among the many narcotic drug traffickers, or as a consequence of multi-faceted corruption.
SSP Thalduwa mentioned, “Felony offenders this 12 months have used firearms greater than that they had used them final 12 months. There have been 42 homicides reported thus far this 12 months utilizing unlawful firearms. Most of those murders have been associated to narcotics trafficking. There are two instances, amongst them reported from Monaragala and Hambanthota, through which the offenders have used regionally made firearms for the murders. The killing had taken place over a land dispute. These are additionally unlawful weapons.”
The IGP had mentioned that the inefficiency of some senior law enforcement officials and OICs working within the Western and the Southern Provinces has additionally been a priority concerning the rise in murders and crimes in these provinces. Minister Alles has requested the IGP to take away such incompetent officers and appoint appropriate officers.
The police high-ups overseeing crime prevention and management within the Southern and the Western provinces mentioned that they had launched a number of intelligence operations to collect details about the drug traffickers with weapons of their possession.
Senior DIGs and DIGs within the Southern Province will quickly meet to debate enhanced approaches for apprehending these prison networks, as organized criminals primarily use unlawful firearms.