Nobody would be allowed to take up arms – Defense Secretary

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Defense Secretary General. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said Thursday, that there will be no room for separatism and extremism in the new year since they have taken steps to thwart such attempts.

The Defense Secretary citing recent information disseminated in the society also affirmed that “Nobody would be allowed to take up arms”.

“Remand prisoners involved in large-scale drug ring were not released due to the prison’s space constraints and the spread of coronavirus in prisons”, General Gunaratne said, elaborating the situation in prisons.

Underlining that “There is no room to handle drug ring from overseas”, the Defense Secretary said they had several rounds of discussions with the countries where mega level drug ringleaders live and have also issued 18 red notices through Interpol to nab “such Sri Lankan notorious characters evading justice”.

The Defense Secretary also explained that the plans are afoot to arrest persons involved in mega drug deals from overseas during next year.

“We conduct weekly discussions over the table about these issues including the underworld activities,” he noted.

He reiterated that operations to curb illegal drug rings in the island would be further strengthened during the new year.

Further responding to alleged human rights violations likely to be raised yet again during the early quarter of the new year, he recalled “These allegations have been levelled against our military since year 2009,” and asserted “There were no such war crimes committed since we led a humanitarian operation.”


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