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* Sri Lanka Prime Minister under pressure to resign over the heroin seizure
Tue, Dec 10, 2013, 10:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne has come under severe pressure to resign from his post over the involvement of his office in the smuggling of a massive heroin stock into the country.

Today the Sri Lanka Buddhist extremist movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) also joined the chorus demanding the 82-year-old Prime Minister's removal from the post.

BBS leader Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero said that the Prime Minister had not rendered sufficient service to the religion in his capacity as the Minister of Buddhist Affairs.

Leader of Sinhala Buddhist political party and an ally of the ruling alliance, Jathika Hela Urumaya, Omalpe Sobhitha Thero yesterday demanded the arrest of the Prime Minister for conniving with drug peddlers.

An official of the PM's office has issued a letter seeking the clearance of a container that carried 131 kilograms of heroin, which is the largest haul to be confiscated in South Asia.

The JHU said the PM 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.

A letter, dated August 23rd and signed by a coordinating secretary seeking the waiving off of import charges on the relevant container, had reportedly been sent from the Prime Minister's office.

At least 131 kilo grams of heroin hidden in cans packed into a container, which is supposedly contained lubricants and 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.

The Prime Minister has denied that he had any knowledge of the letter sent by his staff.

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