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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2611

Bus passengers faced number of hardships in Colombo

By a special correspondent in Colombo

Colombo, 05 February, ( Bus travelers faced numerous hardships yesterday due to road blocks and vehicle search operations conducted by the Police and its Civil Vigilant Committees.

Most of the roadblocks were manned by members of the Civil Vigilant Committee, the passengers said.

“Some members of the Vigilant Committees couldn’t understand even very simple sentences said in English, said an elderly lady who faced an inspection carried out by the Civil Vigilant Committee members.

“We faced number of hardships due to the vehicle search operations conducted by the Police and the Civil Vigilant Committee members in Maharagama, said another passenger.

“They ordered us to stay in queues along the High-Level Road in Maharagama exposed to sunlight or any shelter, they said.

Most of passengers said that there were no sufficient Police officials to check buses or bags of the passengers’ .The members of the Civil Vigilant Committee checked the bags and vehicles, they said.

Speaking to media another passenger said the members of the Civil Vigilant Committees lacked in arms training and knowledge in identifying the hazardous objects.

"How they inspect passengers'bags properly," they asked.

According to a leading lawyer the present security situation is too bad in Colombo due to the bad traffic system.

Most of private omni-coach operators picked up passengers in the middle of the road. They do not follow traffic rules. Their erratic driving contributes to make traffic, congestions. But there are no law enforcement officers to avoid this situation, he said.

- Asian Tribune -

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