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Sri Lankan police to increase security operations ahead of elections

Sri Lanka's police force is to increase security operations across the island ahead of the upcoming local government elections, the police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara was quoted by the Colombo Page as saying. 

The Inspector General of Police has "given instructions to seize illegal firearms, set up instant roadblocks covering all island wide police stations and intensify operations to arrest suspects on warrants", the paper reported. 

The police had to date received 54 complaints of election law violations, including damage to property and threat to persons. 

"We need to know only if they violated laws. Then we will not hesitate to arrest them regardless of their status or party," he added.