ECONOMYNEXT – Police arrested a record 829 people for violating Sri Lanka’s quarantine regulations over a period of 24 hours that ended at 6AM, May 28, police said.
Police spokesman Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said a few of the arrested individuals have been released on bail but the rest will be produced in court May 28. He did not specify the offences committed or the bail conditions.
According to Rohana, 180 were arrested in Matale, 79 in Nikaweratiya and 72 in Colombo.
This is the highest number of arrests for the alleged violation of Sri Lanka’s curfew-style movement restrictions and other COVID-19 quarantine regulations since October 30, 2020.
The police spokesman said in his statement that 15,959 people have been arrested since.
Thirty-nine vehicles were also taken into police custody over the past 24 hours along with their drivers and passengers who the DIG said were travelling for non-essential services.
Sri Lanka has slapped strict movement restrictions island-wide till June 07 with a 19-hour window each on May 31 and June 04 for people to go out and buy groceries and medicines.
However, critics argue that the law is applied unequally, with quarantine violations by privileged parties allegedly overlooked.
Police roadblocks are in operation at 14 exit and entrance points of the Western province, he said. (Colombo/May28/2021)