Police are on high alert as the public prepares to go on a tour over the upcoming long holidays.
It has been reported that arrangements are being made for tourism during the long holidays. Therefore, all security personnel on duty at the provincial borders have been directed to pay close attention to traffic, said police spokesman Senior Superintendent of Police Nihal Taltuwa.
Special surveillance was carried out on Friday at 13 borders that could exit the western Province. A total of 106 police officers and 87 military officers were involved in the surveillance operation. A total of 497 vehicles and 914 persons attempting to leave the western Province, as well as 790 vehicles entering the western Province and 1229 persons crossing the border were intercepted at this border.
During this time 223 persons who tried to cross the provincial border without permission were warned with 129 vehicles in which they were traveling and were sent back. It is learned that arrangements are being made for the trip as it is currently a long holiday.
Therefore, police officers have been advised to check the parking lots of tourist sites and coastal areas. The number plates parked in the parking lots will be checked by the police and the intelligence unit.
Violations of the Isolation Rules or provincial traffic regulations by such person or group will result in action being taken against them under the Isolation Act.
All security forces in the respective provincial boundaries have been directed to pay close attention to traffic.
A total of 80,929 people have been arrested since October 30 last year for violating the rules of segregation. 67 people were arrested on Friday. Nationwide, 158 roadblocks have been set up covering all provincial boundaries.
A total of 6505 vehicles and 15135 persons traveling in them were checked at the roadblocks on Friday. A police spokesman added that 749 persons, who had made unnecessary trips during the period, were sent back with 323 vehicles.