Special police unit at Lands Ministry to check on grabs

Lands Minister S.M.Chandrasena at the new police unit.

A special police investigations unit has been set up under the Lands Ministry to investigate and resolve a number of issues related to lands.

Lands Minister S.M. Chandrasena stated that longstanding issues in lands coming under the Lands Ministry and in the lands owned by the Land Reforms Commission will be taken into consideration by this unit.The Police Investigation Unit was set up last Tuesday (19).

The Minister said that thousands of acres of land owned by the Land Reforms Commission were being misused by various individuals and plantation companies.

“The previous governments between 2001-2004 and 2015-2020 have gravely misused state lands for their own political purposes.They have disposed of lands for a very small amount of money to their political allies and carried out many illegal transactions,” the Minister said.

Land irregularities and frauds can be reported through the hotline 1931.

The unit will be led by Retired senior DIG Sumith Edirisinghe and Assistant Superintendent of Police J.H.M.N.Jayapathma has been appointed as an Investigation Officer.

In addition, a police team including two police inspectors has been deployed for this investigation unit.

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