Stringent security during New Year
Security arrangements in Colombo and in the provincial capitals will
be tightened in view of the forthcoming Sinhala and Tamil New year,
where large crowds are expected at places of worship, bus stands,
railway stations and shops.
Senior DIG, Jayantha Wickramaratne said instructions regarding
security arrangements have been sent to DIGs, SSPs and OICs of police
stations in the country.
The security operation will come into effect on April 1. SSPs of
divisions will provide special motor patrols in the city centers.
Police have been asked to search baggage of passengers at bus stands
and at railway stations to prevent any acts of terrorism.
Plainclothes policemen attached to provincial Intelligence branches
such as the Special Branch will mingle with the public at railway
stations, main bus stands, shopping arcades.
They will be assisted by members of the armed forces. Strangers
checking into hotels and guesthouses in provincial towns and cities will
also be checked to ensure security.
The public too is expected to co-operate with the police by providing
information regarding suspicious persons by contacting them on the hot
line 119, or 118.
If mysterious flying objects are spotted in the sky, one could
contact Air force, on the hot line 116.