Several Colombo areas declared HSZs

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A Gazette Extraordinary was issued on Friday (23) by President Ranil Wickremesinghe declaring several areas in Colombo as High Security Zones (HSZ).

Accordingly, the Parliament Complex, Supreme Court, High Courts, and Magistrate’s Courts in Colombo, Attorney General’s Department, and Presidential Secretariat, the President’s House in Fort, Navy, Air Force and Police Headquarters, Ministry of Defence and Sri Lanka Army Headquarters in Akuregoda, the Prime Minister’s Office, Temple Trees, official residences of Defence Ministry Secretary and Commanders of Tri-Forces, have been declared HSZs.

Unless the prior written permission of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) or Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police-in-Charge of Western Province is obtained, no person shall conduct or hold a public gathering or procession whatsoever on a road, ground, shore or other open area situated within the High Security Zone.

No person shall perform a construction of a building, a temporary or permanent construction or an excavation within the High Security Zones unless a permit from the competent authority is obtained for the said purpose in addition to the legal requirements which should be fulfilled by the person who intends to perform the said construction of a building, a temporary or permanent construction or an excavation, the Gazette Notification stated.