Tri-forces advice public on action taken against narcotics

By Tharumalee Silva

The Ministry of Defence together with the Sri Lankan Tri-forces conducted a media conference today within the Defence Ministry Media division premises in Colpetty.

The Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, the commander of the Navy Piyal De Silva, The Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy and the Sri Lanka Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu addressed the gathering.

Ravindra Wijetunga stressed that most of the drugs that are imported to Sri Lanka arrive from Afghanistan following the southern route of the Madran coast.

The Chief stated that the greatest number of narcotics exist in the Northern province as there is a high amount of kerala Ganja entering the country through India.

Since narcotics mostly enter the country through Sea, Piyal De Silva said that the Navy considers the war with drugs of utmost importance.

He apologized to the fishermen whose livelihood depends on fishing as the Navy officers have to interrupt their activities at sea to conduct searches for narcotic substances.

He further stated that many fishermen engage in the selling of narcotics because selling narcotics has the potential to incur instant revenue.

He pleaded with the fishing community and the public to not engage in such activities that will degrade our country and our youth simply because of incurring an instant revenue.