Apr 05, Colombo: Minister of Public Security Retired Rear Admiral Dr. Sarath Weerasekara says that steps will be taken to establish 190 new police stations in Sri Lanka.
These 190 police stations will be established in addition to the 494 existing police stations.
Inaugurating the new Iyankankulam Police Station, the Minister said that this measure was taken as a new step to create a society free of fear and suspicion for the people of this country.
Maradankeni and Iyankankulam areas in the North have been selected to build the first two Police stations under the program. Accordingly construction of the Iyankankulam Police station in the Mullaitivu Police Division has been completed and was declared open to the public on last Friday (02).
Due to the difficult terrain in the area, the people have to travel long distances to receive the services required from the police and therefore the need arose to create such police stations in between, the Minister said.
Furthermore the Minister added that he was informed by the public about the illegal activities in the area such as tree felling and sand mining.
He said that the environment of the country should be protected and if the environment is not protected, people will not be able to live and action will be taken to arrest those who destroy the environment.
The Minister said that he hoped to provide alternative employment to those who are working illegally due to unemployment and requested them not to damage the environment until then. Mr. Weerasekara said that the establishment of new police stations would enable to take immediate action against such acts.