Written by Tharushan Fernando
26 Jun, 2015 | 10:31 pm
Commissioner General of Prisons Rohana Pushpakumara says that a majority of inmates in prisons represented the bottom tier of the illicit drug trade.
Pushpakumara pointed out that those imprisoned are the grassroots of the trade, and the real peddlers remain roaming at large and untouched.
An ex-drug dealer stated that when operating in the country, the person who uses drugs is always caught and the drug barons and the businessmen involved are never arrested; the user and the seller are arrested but the question as to who is behind the trade is never raised.
He went on to add that looking at the cases in Sri Lanka, 95 percent of the cases are not complete and it just stops with one or two persons as the process does not go beyond it.
He added that when they arrest a person and take him in, they only ask from where he got the drugs, get a name and then go and arrest the seller. He is not questioned about the others who are involved above him and when the process reaches that level, he said, it is then that this trade will stop for good.
The start of a string of murders of women in Kotakethana dates back to 2012 when a mother and daughter were hacked to death in their house; it was also reported that the murder was connected to drugs. Among the persons who were arrested for the crime was the former Godakawela Pradeshiya Sabha member L.H. Dhanasiri and his brother, known as Raju. The former politician was also reported to have once served as the co-coordinating secretary to a powerful minister was was released from the case by the Attorney General.
On June 19, News 1st questioned the Police media spokesperson as to whether an investigation on the connection between drugs and the murders was carried out. Ten days before Kavindya and her mother were murdered, on January 20, 2012, son of former Pradeshiya Sabha member Dharmasiri, Mihilaka Sampath Lokugamhewa was arrested by police for extortion. Prison officials noted that heroin was discovered in a locker as he was a prisons guard.
The commissioner general of prisons added that every officer has been given a locker to keep their belongings and after he was arrested his locker was checked and drugs were found.
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