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Army, Police combined raid catches over a hundred illegal sand miners in Trinco

SANDMINERS CAUGHT – Tractors and other equipment seized by Security Forces on Saturday September 26

Economynext – A large scale combined Security Forces operation has netted 144 suspects allegedly engaged in illegal sand mining in the Trincomalee area on Saturday, Police and Army spokesmen said

Police from Mutur, Kinniya and Serunuwara are investigating after the operation searched the Samagipura, Kandalkadu and Neelapola regions along the Mahaweli.

Troops provided security to the Police which seized four tipper trucks, 15 tractors, 13 motorbikes and mining equipment, a press release from the Army said.

The release said that total of about 100 troops of the 15 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI), 22 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (VIR) and 4 Special Force (SF) serving under the 222 and 223 Brigades participated in the raid.

Sri Lanka’s armed forces have been deployed to assist police in numerous ways in recent months.

The Navy’s assistance to the Coastguard to catch smugglers has resulted in an increase in the arrest of boats bringing in contraband. The Navy has reported that smugglers are preferring to bring turmeric from India which is subjected to an import ban.

The Army has also seized large hauls of turmeric which was being illegally transported.

It has also assisted police in raiding suspected narcotics smugglers. (Colombo September 28, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana