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* Sri Lanka Police directed to eliminate crime network, says Defense Secretary
Tue, Apr 27, 2010, 08:59 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that the country's police have been directed to launch an operation to eliminate the island's widespread crime network that erupted through terror.

The Defense Secretary addressing a meeting held yesterday after opening a newly set up Sri Lanka Police Academy in Katana said that a wave of crimes related to arms, drugs, underworld activities, and ransom taking has spread around the country.

The Defense Secretary further said the police had to assist the armed forces during the war in the last three decades and police powers could not be fully implemented in taking actions against the crime network.

Mr. Rajapaksa also said that the police official needed to be trained systematically since most of the present officials were recruited during war and they were trained basically on anti-terrorism actions.

The Police Academy opened yesterday in Katana can facilitate training for 600 officials in one batch. The academy is attached to Kelaniya University.

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