A gang of nine (09) persons who engaged in illegal loading of sand were apprehended by the Navy on 22nd February 2020.
Sri Lanka Navy regularly conducts operations both in the seas and on the lands to curb the illegal activities and as an extension of it, a team of Naval personnel attached to Eastern Naval Command conducted a special operation at Sembalthetti area in Trincomalee. During the operation these 09 suspects who were loading sand without a permit were apprehended. A tractor with trailer used by them and 0.5 cubes of sand were also taken into Naval custody.
The suspects were identified as residents of Kinniya area and they along with the tractor and sand were handed over to Kinniya Police for onward legal action.