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Curfew Pass puzzles



When I contacted the OIC of Police Station, Grandpass recently to check whether I could get a curfew pass to go to People’s Bank, at Abdul Jabbar Mawatha and /or Kotahena because the cash deposit machines at Grandpass branch was out of order, his response was that if those banks were a walking distance from my residence a curfew pass was not necessary, and I only had to inform the cops at the checkpoints that I wanted to deposit money.


On my way to the Abdul Jabbar Mawatha branch, I was stopped by one of the four PCs (from Kotahena Police Station) stationed on Messenger Street and was told that permission could not be allowed to proceed. Only after I called the OIC Grandpass that I was lucky to get through this barricade and proceed to Abdul Jabbar Mawatha. When I told him that I needed to go to Kotahena as well, in case the one at Abdul Jabbar Mawatha is not in working condition, he told me that I could not do so without a curfew pass because I was from Layards Broadway.


This is to request that Police stations be given proper guidelines so that the people are not inconvenienced when they apply for curfew passes.


MOHAMED ZAHRAN


Colombo 14


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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