Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has assured to eliminate the underworld and money extorting gangs and protect the business community. He appealed to the business community to inform if they encountered any problems. The Defence Secretary was speaking during a discussion with the Colombo business fraternity to identify their problems.The Defence Secretary said they had already eliminated the underworld in every sector. It had become a major problem. He said the Government had done its utmost to deploy the Police and if necessary the forces to provide full protection This process will continue in future. He requested the business community to inform them if there were any shortcomings. The Defence Secretary gave a one hundred percent assurance to wipe out those who extort money and goods from businessmen. It was the responsibility of the Government. Mr. Rajapaksa assured the businessmen to carry on with their activities without any influence.
The Defence Secretary was responding to complaints received from businessmen that there were some groups which broke open containers in which possessed goods imported b y them. He underscored the need for the support of the public to prevent such illegal operations. Initiatives taken to develop the Colombo City and uplift civilian life were revealed at this meeting. The discussion took place at the Defence Ministry. Parliamentarians Thilanga Sumathipala and Mano Ganeshan and a group of businessmen were present.