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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

Special passes needed to travel from eastern province to other areas as a way to prevent terrorists

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 25 October, ( The security forces have implemented a new checking procedure for all vehicles exiting the Eastern Province from where most of the suicide vehicles have entered other areas in country during the last few weeks.

In addition in adjacent areas like the North Central Province the Police have been rounding up people who do are unable to show any kind of identity.

An explosive laden truck driven by a suicide bomber came and rammed against a convoy of buses carrying Sri Navy sailors and killed more than 100 of them at Digampathana in Habarana recently. LTTE terrorists came and fixed two claymore bombs before at Kebithigollewa near Anuradhapura and killed 65 civilian bus passengers. In both incidents the culprits have come from Eastern Province, the police suspect.

According to the vehicle checking system at every exit point in the Eastern Province special travel passes have to be obtained by all vehicles before they travel to other areas of the country.

Police sources said these special passes would have four duplicates with the original and the copies have to be handed over to every check point along the route before the vehicles are checked for explosives and other terrorist related cargo.

Many vehicles laden with plastic explosives and other terrorist related vehicles have come from the Eastern Province during recent times.

Passes issuing offices have been opened at places like Habarana-Trincomalee Checking barricade.

Meanwhile the Police started rounding up suspicious people in the North Central province, an adjacent area to the LTTE infested Eastern Province.

Police headquarters inspector M. R. P. Sarathprema said 56 people who could show any evidence from where they came or any other identity were rounded up in Anuradhapura and produced before a magistrate and remanded until the inquiries are over. He said there were 9 women among them of whom two are also pregnant.

According to the statements made they claimed they came from, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Colombo, Gampola, Maharagama and Gampola.

They could not show any valid reason to be there, or produce any identity cards. Until further inquiries why they were there or who they are could be ascertained they were remanded the Police said.

- Asian Tribune -

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