Police hotlines 1917, 1997 lead to more arrests | Daily News


Police hotlines 1917, 1997 lead to more arrests

Acting Police Spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekera said that the recently introduced police hotlines 1917 to obtain information on assets amassed by criminal gangs and 1997 set up to receive information on drug trafficking has led to arrest several individuals, while the CID has commenced investigations into 110 credible leads on criminal gangs and underworld figures who are evading arrest.

“In August alone, the 1917 hotline received 671 complaints, of which 110 are being investigated by the CID, while the others have been referred to the relevant police stations for further investigations,” he said. “The 1997 hotline has received over 3,000 complaints and tip-offs, which have led to several raids and many arrest during the last two months,” he said.

The Acting Spokesperson said that in the Western Province alone, in July and August, several special raids were carried out and 12 properties were seized tallying 900 perches worth 4,000 million rupees. In addition to these 12 vehicles, seven three wheelers, four bikes were also seized.

He said that 102 bank accounts have been found to be linked to criminal gangs and gangsters tallying Rs. 2,600 million. “Ninety six million rupees have been frozen and measures are being taken to freeze the remaining,” he said.

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