Significant number of weapons fall into hands of underworld gangs: Min.Champika Ranawaka

Significant number of weapons fall into hands of underworld gangs: Min.Champika Ranawaka

Significant number of weapons fall into hands of underworld gangs: Min.Champika Ranawaka

Written by Tharushan Fernando

05 Mar, 2017 | 8:12 pm

The renovated old Pannipitiya – Kottawa road was declared open by the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka on Sunday. Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe also attended the event.

The Minister of Megapolis and Western Development pointed out that even though it is said that a number of former LTTE members have been rehabilitated, they do not have a proper profession when they go into society,  thus leading a few of them to engage in illegal activities.

“A certain group of these people, not everyone, but a certain group engage in illegal activities. They get involved in underworld gangs. They also get involved in the Kerala Ganja business. They sell the weapons that they used in the past.”

According to the minister, there is a significant number of these weapons falling into the hands of the underworld gangs in the country and this “becomes a serious security concern.”

The minister called on law enforcement authorities to work together in order eradicate and control this situation.

“This is not the LTTE issue. This is the new underworld that is being created in the country”,  the minister pointed out.

News 1st inquired about the matter from the acting secretary of defense Kingsley Fernando.

The acting secretary of defense stated that they must look into whether rehabilitated former LTTE members are engaged in illegal activities.

The acting secretary also spoke on the importance of a mechanism to integrate rehabilitated former LTTE members in society.

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