By Indika Sri Aravinda
The Ports Authority says it is investigating a vehicle spare parts racket at the Colombo port involving employees of the port.
Ports Authority Chairman Priyath Wikrama said that the racket involves spare parts of vehicles imported from Japan being removed and sold in Colombo for a cheaper price.
He said that spare parts including radio aerials, gear tops and remote control keys have gone missing from imported Japanese vehicles.
Wickrama said that there is suspicion the spare parts, valued at over one hundred thousand rupees, are sold at a location in Delkanda.
The Ports Authority Chairman said he is not aware if the racket involves an organized gang or is carried out by individuals at the Colombo port.
He added that new instructions have been issued for vehicle importers to provide a list of the spares which come with the vehicle in order to keep a tab on the items which go missing.
Wickrama said that a full scale investigation is underway in order to nab the culprits.