Over 20,000 arrested with operation “YUKTHIYA”

The special Police anti-narcotic operation titled “Yukthiya” has seen the arrest of over 20,000 individuals in connection with various drug related offences, the Public Security Ministry said. 

The special operation carried out between December 17 and 31 to curb drug trafficking and organized crimes, was implement, while 1018 persons were held in detention for further interrogation, the Ministry said. Meanwhile, 1298 persons identified as drug addicts had been sent for rehabilitation, the Ministry added. 

The special anti-narcotics operation was launched soon after the Acting Inspector General of Police Deshabandu Tennakoon was appointed on November 30, 2023.