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Sri Lanka police to seize vehicles without Covid-19 curfew passes

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will seize vehicles travelling without curfew passes in Colombo and Gampaha districts while a anti-Coronavirus curfew is in effect, where people on foot are allowed to go to market for essential, a media report said.

Deputy Inspector General Ajith Rohana said many vehicles were seen in Colombo road on May 11 without curfew passes.

“We will arrest vehicle without passes,” he told Sri Lanka’s privately owned Derana television. “The public can go for essentials to the nearest location on foot during curfew. This is not intended to be used to go from one corner of the city to the other in a car.

He said cars will be arrested and not released until they are produced in court.

DIG Rohana said police action under a quarantine law was strengthened by a court decision.

Sri Lanka’s Colombo and Gamapaha district is under a Coronavirus curfew where private and state offices are expected to operate with a minimum staff.

Those who are reporting to work can show their company ID, a text message from their manager or a digital copy of a letter in the case of persons like construction workers to travel during curfew.

But other members of the public are asked to leave home based on the last digit of their ID so that congestion at shops and offices is reduced. (Colombo/May12/2020)