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Amnesty to hand over illegal arms in Lanka ends

Last Updated: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 00:36

Colombo: Sri Lankan military has decided
to commence search operations to arrest the people who have
not handed over their weapons during the amnesty period that
ended Sunday.

"From 30 June we declared a period of amnesty for
those holding illegal weapons to hand them over to us. We have
received a few of those during the period," Major General
Boniface Perera, the eastern military commander, said.

Perera said the period ends tonight, "We will go
after anyone holding illegal weapons from tomorrow".
The order came after a bank heist in the province`s
Batticaloa district`s Puttur area mid June.

Millions worth cash and jewellery was taken in the
day light heist.

Some four people were arrested thereafter.

Perera promptly summoned a meeting of police,
security forces, administrative and political party
representatives to warn them of the need to stabilise the
security situation in the province.


First Published: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 00:36
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