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* Sri Lanka police launch investigations on fraudsters claiming connections to President and First Family
Sat, Aug 16, 2014, 10:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 16, Colombo: The Special Investigation Unit of Sri Lanka Police has received 368 complaints of fraudsters, who have swindled the public claiming close connections to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa or his family.

The Special Investigation Unit under orders from the Inspector General of Police N.K. Ilangakoon has launched a special investigation in to the complaints to identify those who pose as close associates of President or his family members and defrauded the people.

In a majority of these complaints fraudsters have misled the public by promising overseas jobs misusing the President's or his family's names or in some cases have threatened the public.

Reportedly, 94 such cases are pending in courts and at least 138 people have been arrested. The police investigations are underway to arrest another 39 individuals, Ada Derana reported.

In an effort to arrest the escalating number of such cases, the police department has planned to launch a special scheme at all police stations across the country in addition to the Special Investigation Unit.

The police have called on the public to provide any information regarding such crimes to the police headquarters and assured to keep the identity of informants confidential.

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