A massive racket of extorting ransoms from jewellery manufacturers using the names of high ranking Government officials has come to light.
The jewellery manufacturers now feel free to carry out their businesses in a free atmosphere. A gang has extorted ransoms worth hundreds of thousands of rupees from jewellery manufacturers for several months. The jewellery manufacturers have finally complained to Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa when the situation became unbearable. Thereafter, operations were launched to arrest the extortionists. At a news briefing held in Colombo today by the Sri Lanka Jewellery Manufacturers Association, it was indicated that the businessmen can now carry out their businesses free of obstacles.
Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha said that with the intervention of Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa after complaints were lodged in the Police, many members of the gang were arrested. He said that complaints as old as one to two years have now surfaced. He said that the business community should be free of fear and deal with the Police directly in finding solutions to their problems. He noted that a discussion was sought by them due to the confidence they have in the Government. Police have stressed that no one will be permitted to create a difficult situation for the business community through such rackets. DIG Colombo Anura Senanayake requested the business community not to assist the criminals in any way, as the Police are there for their protection 24 hours.