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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 111

Civilian search powers of N&E Police now vested with security forces

Colombo, 24 April, (Asiantribune.com): The Government of Sri Lanka has decided to vest civilian search powers to the security forces in order to overcome the shortage of police personnel when conducting operations in North and East.

Thus, the security forces in N&E can now execute civil legal process in the same levels of the police, said the national security spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, speaking yesterday (April 22) to Lakbima, a Sinhala language daily published in Colombo.

The powers were vested by Gazette Extraordinary No. 149118 issued on April 6, 2007, under proviso 40 of Public Security Act.
These powers are enforceable in the seven Districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Mulaitivu, Batticaloa, Ampara, Trincomalee and Puttlam. The enforcement is on in the land stretching up to the seashores of the said Districts.

Fishermen in these Districts should now submit their vessels to the security forces once a month. The fishermen will be issued a license for fisheries.

Spokesman Rambukwella said that these measures were taken to ensure the safety of the general public. He insisted that the new rules will not affect fishermen's livelihood in any way, the newspaper reported.

- Asian Tribune -

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