2,908 curfew violators arrested since Friday

2020-03-26 at 07:30

A total of 2,908 individuals have been apprehended since Friday, the 20th of March for violating curfew regulations across the island.

The Police Media Unit said 748 vehicles including motorbikes and three-wheelers were also seized during the period.

During a six-hour window between noon at 6pm yesterday, 111 persons have been arrested for violating the curfew.

19 vehicles have also been taken into custody.

Island-wide curfew was imposed first on the 20th of March in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Police said a majority were arrested on the charge of loitering.

Police also stated that individuals were arrested for consuming alcohol in public places, travelling about in vehicles, opening restaurants, unruly behaviour while intoxicated and engaging in trade.

The government imposed an island-wide curfew from 6pm on Friday in a bid to help officials with the on-going quarantine procedures introduced to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Police Media Spokesman Superintendent of Police Jaliya Senaratne said legal action will be taken against persons who violate curfew regulations.