Curfew violation: 1,754 persons arrested

The Police Media Spokesman’s Office has, in a statement, said 1,754 persons were arrested for violating curfew imposed to prevent spreading of coronavirus in the country.

The suspects were arrested in various parts of the country in connection with violation of the curfew during the last 24 hours.

Police Headquarters has instructed all police stations to take strict action against those who violate curfew. Mobile patrols and roadblocks are also in effect.

Police have nabbed 447 persons who travelled in vehicles without curfew passes.

Most of them have been arrested for loitering on the road, drinking at a playground, driving on the road, keeping their restaurants open, unruly behaviour after drinking and selling.

Police arrested 25 people for violating the curfew in Gampaha area. Eight persons have been arrested in Bandarawela for drinking and idling at a public playground.

Police also arrested a person who had kept a restaurant opened in Haputale while the curfew was in force. One person was arrested in Tangalle, two in Katunayake and five in Kurunegala on charges of violating law.

Meanwhile, seven suspects engaged in gem mining have been arrested in Hatton. Police say that the gem mining was carried out behind a row of houses in a tea estate, using illegally tapped electricity.

A team of officers of the Uhana Police in Ampara have arrested a three-wheeler driver for transporting drugs during the curfew.

The police stations will produce the suspects in courts in the relevant areas.

Meanwhile, a 21-year-old youth was killed when his motorcycle collided with an ambulance in the Danvilana area in Veyangoda during the curfew. Another suffered minor injuries.

The Police Headquarters states that over 45,000 police officers have been deployed to cover the entire island during the curfew.

Police are urging the public to remain in their homes during the curfew and support the quarantine programme.

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