VIDEO: 130kg of heroin has ‘evaporated’ in police custody - JVP
December 15, 2013 05:13 pm
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today stated that several incidents had been reported recently regarding the detection of large quantities of heroin imported to the country and there have been political involvements in all of these cases.
Such political involvements were covered up and the responsible people were safeguarded through various interferences, JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath said. In the end the heroin rackets and culture of murder moved forward while the politicians, politician’s secretaries, ministerial secretaries were set free, he charged.
Two container loads of ethanol worth Rs 40 million were seized by customs in March and it was revealed that politicians were also behind that incident. However, the government has still not taken action regarding the illegal import and has failed to punish those responsible, he said.
On August 30, the largest haul of heroin detected in the whole of South Asia was seized in Sri Lanka when authorities discovered 261 kilograms of heroin, he said, adding that the Coordinating Secretary of the PM was clearly behind the largest heroin import and he had issued a letter “on behalf of the Prime Minister” seeking duty waiver on the container concealing the heroin.
Therefore the Premier cannot save himself by blaming the whole thing on his coordinating secretary as such a letter cannot be written as one pleases, Herath said.
“The Prime Minister’s coordinating secretary can issue letters as he sees fit, what is the point of having a Prime Minister? Is the country controlled by the secretaries of Prime Ministers and Ministers? No.”
He stated that when the issue was taken up in Parliament the Prime Minister had responded like a “baby” who does not know anything.
Herath further said that the information provided by Sri Lanka Customs to the Parliament states that 261.292 kilograms of heroin was seized it was handed over to the Police Narcotics Bureau along with the 3 suspects on the very same day.
However, he revealed that the information provided by the Police Department to the Parliament states that the heroin weighs only 131.148 kilograms.
“That means exactly 130 kilograms of heroin have suddenly evaporated. This is now a common occurrence in our country,” the JVP MP said.
He stated that the people of the country have a question whether the 10 kilograms of heroin found in Hikkaduwa yesterday was a portion of the 130kg which went missing.