வியாழன், 31 மார்ச், 2016

Jaffna becomes 'high security' transit hub for drug smuggling

Jaffna becomes 'high security' transit hub for drug smuggling

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 29 March 2016, 21:27 GMT]
The occupying navy of genocidal Sri Lanka has transformed two sea spots adjacent to the so-called military High Security Zone in Jaffna peninsula as hubs for narcotic smuggling, according to informed fishing society sources in Jaffna. The daily narcotic trafficking through the hub is estimated to be between 8 to 12 kilograms. Most of the drugs are being smuggled from Kerala State in India. There have been competing smuggling rings and that has resulted in some arrests in recent times.

Although the SL police seizes narcotics, including Heroin, no one has been detained by the SL Police in recent times, except in the cases of cannabis smuggling.

Smugglers of drugs such as Heroin would be sentenced with capital punishment if the culprits were caught.

However, the SL military and police make sure that smugglers don't get caught even though the competing interests among the rings occasionally cause seizure of drugs by the SL Police, the fishermen society sources said.

Indian fishermen and local fishermen are engaged in the illegal activity, which seems to be coordinated and exploited by the SL Navy personnel. Some Muslim traders are also involved in the smuggling.

Several SL Navy commanders and officers have become wealthy persons through facilitating the smuggling business, the sources further said.

Maathakal-Ilavalai, adjacent to the west side of the SL Military High Security Zone and Point-Pedro Munai in Vadamaraadchi is the other spot, close to the east of the ‘HSZ’, the fishermen society sources said.

The transport of drugs to other areas are also facilitated by the SL military.

Initially, the SL military under Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former ‘Defence Secretary’ of occupying Colombo, deployed narcotics as a tool of genocidal war against Eezham Tamils. It was largely Mannaar area, that functioned as the hub for drug smuggling during the times of Rajapaksa regime.

The transition to Jaffna has taken place during the regime of Maithiripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickramasinghe.