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President wants drug kingpins operating behind prison walls curbed

FILE PHOTO – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

ECONOMYNEXT – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wants to put a stop to criminal activities operated by underworld kingpins from within prison walls, a statement from the Presidential Secretariat said.

This, he has said “must be put to an end without delay” the statement said because “the general public is appalled by this situation.”

“This has to be rectified. Use of mobile phones within prison premises should be completely eradicated” President added, it added.

President Rajapaksa made these comments during a discussion with Prison officials to review the current status of prisons held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday June 1, the statement said.

If Prisons or Police reach a state of collapse, it will adversely affect maintaining law and order in the country. President said he always welcomes the right conduct on the part of officials “despite their political loyalties.”

President Rajapaksa has ordered an overhaul of the Department of Prisons to address its shortcomings.

This restructuring process will be implemented through a committee comprising Secretary Defence, the Army Commander and the Inspector General of Police.

The President further said that corrupt and inefficient officers should be identified and should take appropriate decisions regarding them. (Colombo June 02, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

 

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