Drone surveillance nabs 95 violators of isolation orders
By Thameenah Razeek
A total of 95 individuals were arrested from the Kotahena, Keselwatte, Ja-Ela and Wattala areas for violating COVID-19 isolation orders.
The numbers of arrestees were 28 from Kotahena, 21 from Keselwatte, 19 from Wattala and 26 from Ja-Ela.
Police Spokesman, DIG Ajith Rohana stated that the suspects were identified through drone surveillance footage, and added that drone operations would continue on a regular basis.
The suspects will be produced before Courts and Police will file charges against them.
Meanwhile, DIG Rohana said that a total of 117 persons were apprehended in the last six days over the violation of restrictions imposed against movements, adding that strict legal action will be taken against them.
A total of 77,531 individuals around the country are under the self-quarantine procedure and the Police will continuously monitor them round the clock. DIG Rohana noted that it has been observed that some persons are not adhering to quarantine orders and are leaving their homes.
He warned therefore that stern action will be taken against them and that their moveable or immovable property will be sealed.
Residents in areas under lockdown are requested to be in their homes at all times, he added.
He further said that if residents in areas under lockdown adhere to the health regulations and stay at home, the lockdown restrictions may be lifted soon.
At present, 24 Police areas in the Western Province have been isolated to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A total of 297 suspects were arrested with regard to violating health guidelines including wearing a face mask and maintaining the one metre social distance. Addressing reports circulating on social media pertaining to COVID-19 patients being found passed away by the side of roads, DIG Rohana said that the Criminal Investigations Department has launched an investigation pertaining to these fake news reports.
Already, two suspects were arrested over such from Kadugannawa and Hanthana in Kandy, and produced before Courts. Speaking to the Media on 17 November, he stated that it has been found that the fake news reports were being created and spread by an organised group. Moreover, he added that investigations were launched to look into others involved in the incidents, noting that two individuals in Japan and Australia are also spreading misinformation in this regard.