Eight officers of Sri Lanka’s divisional anti-vice unit attached to Chilaw Police Headquarters have been interdicted over releasing gambling suspects arrested in an operation against illegal gambling.
The country’s police media division has confirmed that the interdicted officers include a sub-inspector who served as the OIC, a police sergeant, five police constables, and a police constable driver.
The order to interdict the officers comes after it was found that 11 of the 20 suspects rounded up in a raid on illegal gambling den were later released.
Earlier this month on September 6, upon a tip-off the police officers now interdicted had arrested about 20 men involved in illegal gambling at a hotel in Wennappuwa.
It was also revealed upon investigation that the policemen involved in the raid had also obtained money from the suspects involved in the illegal gambling without putting the seized cash on records. The allegations of bribery and corruption have is also being investigated.
Following the allegations on the raiding team, Naththandiya Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) launched an inquiry and has interdicted the officers involved.
Illegal gambling is a multi-million dollar industry in Srilanka. Gambling is substantially banned in the island country.
Earlier this year in July, two police officers were hospitalized after they were attacked during a raid on an illegal gambling den in Kalutara.