Colombo: More than 17 months after the LTTE
was defeated by Sri Lankan security forces, authorities have decided to remove in phases the high security check points in the capital Colombo.
"Government has decided to remove all security check
points in the Colombo city gradually," military spokesman
Major General Ubaya Medawala said today.
Since the security situation in Colombo has improved
following the end of the LTTE war in May last year, the
government has decided to remove all check points in the city,
he was quoted as saying by an official website.
"Two check points at Wellawatta and Bambalapitiya (in the
heart of Colombo) have already been removed and will be
replaced by snap road blocks and constant alternative
surveillance system," Medawala said.
He said there were around 10 permanent security check
points within the Colombo metropolitan area and all these will
be gradually removed.
The check points were set up during the constant LTTE
suicide attacks, with the security personnel deployed their
round the clock to check vehicles and persons coming to the
The spokesman said these security points brought
During the height of the LTTE war, the Colombo city
limits and its immediate suburbs were thrown under a blanket
search operation by the security forces.
They had discovered explosives and weapons from the city
and adjoining areas during those days.