Specialised response to seize and repatriate 30 individuals involved in overseas drug trafficking and underworld operations
Colombo (LNW): Sri Lanka has initiated a specialised operation with the objective of apprehending and repatriating 30 individuals involved in drug trafficking and underworld activities from abroad, Public Security Minister Tiran Alles disclosed.
Minister Alles pointed out that the government has received intelligence reports identifying 29 underworld members operating in Dubai and one in France.
These revelations were made during an official event in Kirindiwela, where Alles confirmed that discussions are actively underway with the concerned countries to facilitate the extradition of these individuals to Sri Lanka.
Addressing inquiries about the nationwide ‘Yukthiya’ operation, the Minister clarified that there is no intention to suspend the operation, asserting the continuity of the operation.
He noted that objections to ‘Yukthiya’ come from those hindering its progress, and that the government aims to completely halt underworld and drug trafficking in the country within the next six months.
Elaborating on the actions against underworld members located in Dubai and France, Alles acknowledged the intricacies of legal procedures in these jurisdictions. He asserted that negotiations are currently in progress with the relevant nations, and the government has obtained red notices for their arrest.
Despite facing legal challenges, the government remains steadfast in its commitment to bringing these individuals to Sri Lanka, he added.