Lanka Realty Investments refutes allegations regarding Weligama raid During ‘Yukthiya’ Operation
February 05, Colombo (LNW): In response to recent allegations made by Public Security Minister Tiran Alles regarding a raid near a hotel owned by Lanka Realty Investments PLC in Weligama during the ‘Yukthiya’ anti-drug operation, the company has issued a clarification.
The Public Security Minister raised the accusation at a press conference on January 18, 2024, whereas Lanka Realty Investments PLC, categorically denying the claim, underscored that their hotel, W15, had no involvement in the mentioned raid.
The operation was conducted by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) on December 31, 2023, and the apprehended suspects were outside the hotel premises, the company emphasised.
In a letter addressed to the Minister of Public Security, Lanka Realty Investments highlighted that, at the time of the raid, all hotel rooms were reserved for foreign tourists due to December being a peak month for tourist arrivals.
Importantly, none of the individuals present in the hotel during the operation were arrested as suspects, it added.
The company emphasised that although there was some property damage during the shootings on the premises, neither tourists nor staff members were harmed.
Furthermore, Lanka Realty Investments clarified its standing as a listed entity on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), and W15 is a member of The Hotel Association of Sri Lanka (THASL), and stressed that neither entity has any association with drug-related activities or smuggling.