Wearing military uniform while not being military is illegal – Police

Wearing military uniform while not being military is illegal – Police

Wearing military uniform while not being military is illegal – Police

Written by Staff Writer

23 Jun, 2021 | 6:20 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Police Spokesperson Senior DIG Ajith Rohana confirmed that it is an offense for anyone who is not in the military to wear or be in the possession of a military uniform.

He said by doing so, one is committing an offense punishable as per the Penal Code and the Sri Lanka Army Act.

The Police Spokesperson made these comments following a News 1st inquiry over the presence of camo-clad Chinese nationals present at the Chinese Joint Venture site in the southern province.

The most recent such offense and arrest were reported on the 08th of May 2019, when Sri Lanka Police arrested two young men from Seeduwa for transporting clothing similar to the Sri Lanka Air Force uniform.

The presence of uniformed individuals at the launch of a Chinese Joint Venture (JV) to dredge and clean some of Sri Lanka’s most ancient irrigation tanks on Monday (21) has raised serious concern.

These uniforms are very much similar to those worn by soldiers in China’s People’s Liberation Army.

When questioned over the matter, Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa said a report will be called for over identities of the Chinese individuals and investigations will be carried out.

However, Venerable Wakamulle Uditha Thero, the General Secretary of the National Bhikku Front stressed focusing on these concerns as they could lead to issues on national security.

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