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NAVY ON ALERT TO PROTECT KINNIYA DETACHMENT FROM RACKETEERS

Aug 15, 2011 10:55:55 AM - itnnews.lk

The Navy has revealed of a conspiracy to evacuate the Naval Base in Kinniya. A spokesman for the Navy said that many racketeers were arrested in the last few days following the operation of Naval Base in Kinniya. It was possible to apprehend specially drug racketeers and those engaged in illegal fishing. The operations carried out by the Navy were an obstacle to their operations. As a result, the Navy said that a massive conspiracy was carried out to close down the Naval Detachment by provoking the residents of the area. A tense situation was also reported today. He said that individuals engaged in various illegal activities were in the forefront of uproar.

A group of defence chiefs including the Eastern Commander Major General Boniface Perera visited Kinniya to monitor the situation. A group of Parliamentarians, including Minister Rauf Hakeem also paid a visit to monitor the developments. A special discussion was also held. Giving his views, Minister Hakeem called on the people not to be hoodwinked by rumourmongers as the Government had taken all precautionary measures to consolidate their safety and security. He said that the Government taking prompt action against elements behind these disturbances. Attempts made by trouble makers to create disturbances after surrounding the building where the discussion was held were busted following the mediation of the security divisions.

Meanwhile action was initiated to release the 25 persons who were arrested with regard to an attack on Police Officers who attempted to bring the situation under control.