Dec 09, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has called for the immediate resignation or the arrest of the Prime Minister.
The JHU says that Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne should resign with immediate effect or be arrested if he does not divulge the name of the official who had sought the clearance of the container that carried 131 kilos of heroin, which is the largest haul to be confiscated in South Asia.
JHU Leader Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thero, addressing the ceremony to mark the 10th death anniversary of Ven. Gangodawil Soma Thero, said the Prime Minister was duty bound to reveal the names of the officials who were involved in urging the release of the container.
"The Buddashasana Ministry is the center for the destruction of Buddhism in the country. The Prime Minister should be arrested if he fails to provide details of these criminals working under him, he should not protect these people," Ven. Sobitha Thero said.
"If he does not possess the physical and mental ability, the biggest service he should do is to resign from the Premiership," he added.
The JHU Leader also called on the President to take immediate action on the matter.
At least 131 kilo grams of heroin hidden in cans packed into a container sent from the Pakistani port of Karachi was seized on August 30th. Earlier reports said 260 kilo grams of heroin worth about 1.52 billion rupees were recovered from three containers.
A letter had reportedly been sent from the Prime Minister's office dated August 23rd and signed by a coordinating secretary seeking the waiving off of import charges on the relevant container.
The letter had also reportedly stated that it was being imported by a local company which was just launching its business and could not afford heavy duties.
However, when questioned in Parliament, the Prime Minister had said he wasn't aware of the letter and that the letters were written by his staff.