JVP demands arrest of PM

Vijitha Herath - JVP

Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne, too, should be arrested like OIC of the Wellampitiya Police station on drug charges, the JVP said yesterday.

Addressing a media conference at the party head office in Pelawatte, JVP Parliamentary Group Leader Vijitha Herath said that the police had arrested Wellampitiya OIC for keeping 42 g of heroin in his possession, but Prime Minister was still free even after issuing letter to release a container of 262 Kg of the substance.

MP Herath said that Prime Minister Jayaratne had recently said at a public meeting that the main suspect involved in importing the drug container was a friend of his son, Central Provincial Council member Anuradha Jayaratne and that was why he had issued a letter through one of his secretaries.

The Gampaha District MP said PM had to resign from his post and apologise to the nation.

Herath said that government MP Arundika Fernando, too, had said in a newspaper interview that there were heroin dealers in the government. “If so, he must expose them to the public,” the JVP MP said, adding that otherwise the police should question him to find out who they were.

Colombo District JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti said that according to police information around 400 kilos of heroin circulated all over the country at present, but the government was silent on the matter.

(Courtesy: The Island)