A special operation conducted by the Navy in coordination with the Nilaveli Police made way to the apprehension of a suspect with a cache of explosives, at 08th Mile Post in Nilaveli on 24th September 2021. The apprehension was made while suspect was illegally transporting the explosive items among which were; 27 water gel sticks – a type of commercial explosive and 500 non-electric detonators.

During a coordinated search conducted by SLNS Vijayaba in the Eastern Naval Command with the Nilaveli Police in the evening of 24th September at 08th Mile Post, the items were held while they being transferred by a three-wheeler. Incidentally, the suspect involved in this illegal act together with 27 water gel sticks, 500 non-electric detonators and the three-wheeler was taken into custody.

The operation was conducted in accordance with COVID-19 protocols to prevent the pandemic transmission. The suspect nabbed in this operation is a resident of Nilaveli, aged 28. Meanwhile, the suspect along with explosive items and the three wheeler was handed over to the Nilaveli Police for onward legal action.