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Police find over Rs. 100mn in the bank accounts of 11 suspects



Online sex trafficking ring using an under-aged girl:

Police investigators probing the online sex trafficking ring using an under-aged girl have found more than Rs. 100 million deposited in the bank accounts of 11 suspects who were among those arrested so far in this connection.

Sleuths from the specialized unit tasked to probe illegal assets have discovered Rs. 50 million in the bank account of the leader of the sex ring. In addition, he had US$ 12,199 in two fixed deposits.

Police said the bank accounts have now been frozen on a judicial directive.

The owner of the website ‘’ and its finance manager, who published online advertisements to sell the 15-year-old girl to clients, were arrested by the CID and are now in remand custody. They are residents of Panadura and Bandaragama respectively.

The finance manager of the website had deposited Rs. 7 million into his bank account, while more than Rs. 20 million was found in the bank account of the main suspect accused of selling the girl to various people. He is a resident of Laxapathiya, Moratuwa, police investigations revealed.

In addition, an examination of the bank accounts of a woman named ‘Matilda’, who was identified as the mistress of the suspect, revealed that more than Rs. 10 million had been deposited, while another woman also believed to have been involved in selling the under-age girl had several lakhs of rupees in her bank account.

All the suspects have now been remanded.

Police investigations also revealed that the owner of the web portal worked as a computer engineer drawing a monthly salary of Rs. 300,000 in a private company. However, after he started the ‘’ website, his income had shot up to Rs. 4.5 million per month.

It also come to light that the suspect’s website hosted around 21,000 advertisements per day and so far this year, he had earned around Rs. 30 million as advertising revenue.

Police also found that the suspect was planning to leave for Australia.

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Shocking 17,500 video clips of Lankan children being sexually abused



By Norman Palihawadane

There were over 17,500 video clips of Sri Lankan children being sexually abused, on the Internet and action had been taken to arrest those responsible, Police Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said yesterday. The Sri Lanka Police had sought the assistance of international law enforcement agencies and the Internet service providers to track down the persons involved in uploading those video clips and child sex trafficking via internet, the SDIG said.

Crimes against children in Sri Lanka were rising at an alarming speed, the SDIG said.

The police would conduct a special awareness programme together with the National Child Protection Authority to curb the alarming trend, he said.

The first programme was held recently in Nuwara Eliya where it especially focused apprising police officers attached to that Division.

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Private buses to insist that inter-provincial commuters carry proof of vaccination?



By Rathindra Kuruwita

A limited number of Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and National Transport Commission (NTC) buses and trains would maintain limited inter- provincial operation from 01 August, State Minister of Transport, Dilum Amunugma said.

The State Minister said that certified documents issued by the respective depot superintendents and the letters of approval by the NTC were mandatory, he added.

“The buses and trains will be permitted to operate only in the morning and in the evening for office workers,” Amunugma said.

The State Minister added that passengers should behave responsibly when using the inter-provincial transport services and understand that those services were only for commuters engaged in essential services.

“The Delta variant is spreading rapidly. If one infected passenger travels in a bus, all other commuters will contract it” he warned.

The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) has decided to make proof of vaccination compulsory for inter provincial travel from 01 August

LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne said they had written to the President and Transport Minister asking for permission to enforce it.

Wijeratne said that all bus operators in the Western Province should ensure they were inoculated by August 15.



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TNA Leader complains against appointing Sinhala officers to Tamil areas



By Dinasena Ratugamage

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader, R. Sampanthan had written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, objecting to the appointment of Sinhala government officers to the Northern Province, former TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah told journalists on Wednesday (28.)

The President and the Prime Minister are appointing officials violating democratic principles, Senathirajah said after a meeting of party activists at Karachchi Divisional Secretariat Office, Kilinochchi.

“A lot of Sinhalese are appointed to the North and the East. They must appoint Tamils. These appointments undermine our struggle for a just language policy,” he said.

Senathirajah said that it was customary to appoint Tamil officers to Tamil majority areas. However, this tradition was being violated increasingly in recent times, the former MP said.

“The TNA has nothing against Sinhala government officers. However, appointing Sinhala state officers to majority Tamil areas is a great injustice to the people. So, our leader has written to the President and the Prime Minister asking them to stop this practice,” he said.

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