03 February 2019
A Sri Lankan police officer in Batticaloa was arrested as he was caught red-handed receiving a bribe last week.
Sisira Bandara, the officer in charge at Kokkadicholai police station in the Batticaloa district was arrested on Wednesday by bribery and corruption personnel from Colombo, while he was receiving a 25,000 rupee bribe from the driver of a sand-mining truck.
Bandara had reportedly solicited the bribe when he had allowed the driver and helpers to escape after they were caught smuggling sand on Monday. He was caught when the driver went to the police station to hand over the money.
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