The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Deshabandu Tennakoon has instructed to take necessary measures to inspect and remove all activities that could be harmful to children within 500 metres of schools, before the start of the new school term in February 2024.

“There is a discourse within the society regarding certain things within and surrounding the schools that are unsuitable for children. Yesterday I ordered the high-ranking police officers across Sri Lanka to remove all places that sell, distribute or propagate activities harmful for schoolchildren, which are located within a 500-metre radius of all schools”, Tennakoon said.

“When the next school term commences in February following the term holidays, I will not allow any such operations to continue in this country”, he said speaking during an event.

He further highlighted that strict action will be taken against such activities and establishments. 

The Acting IGP also stated that measures will be taken to remove all the things that unfavorably affect the school environment, by using the powers of Sri Lanka Police.