Sri Lanka beefs up security; Police posts at 20 popular destinations

In the wake of the continuous political unrests, sexual attacks and violence against foreigners across the nation, Sri Lanka beefs up its security and established new police posts and patrols at popular resorts. The Sri Lankan government has allocated Rs 30 million to establish the police posts.

With an aim to protect the visiting tourists, the police department has set up 20 new stations at holiday hotspots. “I wish we had more men and resources for this job, but we are making adjustments to our deployments to ensure better productivity,” said Police chief Pujith Jayasundara.

A Dutch tourist was sexually harassed and several other tourists were assaulted by a gang at a hotel in the southern resort town of Mirissa last week. Five Israeli tourists were beaten up in the same area this week and 14 men have been arrested over the two incidents, according to the police reports. The hotel where the incident had taken place was sealed off until the completion of investigations.