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Sri Lanka deploys 12,000 cops to catch 87 ‘corrupt’ individuals

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujith Jayasundara personally led his department’s biggest-ever security operation involving nearly 12,000 officers and men to catch 87 people suspected of corruption.

In a statement shortly after Jayasundara left for Bangladesh for an international police conference, the police said the five-hour operation was a success.

The security drive came as the police came under criticism for an increase in underworld activities culminating in the audacious gunning down of five remand suspects and two prison guards on February 27.

The police chief had asked his men to start the day with 15 minutes of meditation in a bid to improve the efficiency of service delivery.

The snap nation-wide security operation was the biggest since the end of the country’s Tamil separatist war in May 2009.

"During this operation, 87 people involved in various corrupt activities were arrested, along with 45 for possessing cannabis and 26 for having heroin," the police department said in a statement.

It added that they also rounded up 567 people who had warrants for their arrest, along with another 109 wanted by the police.

Police caught 76 drunk drivers during this period, the statement added. (COLOMBO, March 12, 2017)

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