SLNS Gemunu declared as the detention center for detainees under PTA

Sri Lanka President has declared Sri Lanka Navy’s SLNS Gemunu camp in Welisara, Ragama as a place of detention for the purposes of Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Accordingly, the suspects arrested under Section 9 (1) of the PTA will be detained at SLNS Gemunu. Under the PTA suspects can be detained for 90 days and the time period can be extended three months at a time.

Meanwhile, the Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Isuru Sooriyabandara said even though the Navy has not been officially informed, it has taken measures to step up security and issued necessary instructions to all ships, craft and establishments after unconfirmed reports in the Indian media of 15 ISIS suspects attempting to escape to Lakshadweep islands from the country.

He also reiterated that the Navy had implemented a special security operation since the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings and these security measures have been very successful in preventing many illegal activities.

The Navy has been able to apprehend a large quantity of illegal drugs in the recent past and on Friday an illegal immigration attempt was busted in deep seas 715 nautical miles off the Southern coast. Navy personnel were able to intercept and arrest a boat carrying 41 local illegal immigrants to Australia through sea route.

The navy’s round the clock security operations will continue to be in place, the Navy Spokesman stressed.

Meanwhile, Navy personnel during a search operation in Mattakkuliya had recovered an abandoned drone from under the Mattakkuliya Bridge. Investigations are continuing in this regard.

Courtesy: Colombo Page

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