As the country marked the Vesak Poya with religious programmes, the Mirihana police were busy cracking down on those who allegedly desecrated the spirit of the blessed day.
They carried out a series of arrests following raids on places where liquor was sold on Vesak Day which was declared a liquor ban day by the Excise Department.
In one such raid that took place after a tip off, a team led by Mirihana’s Chief Inspector Bathiya Jayasinghe halted a three-wheeler at Madiwela-Rahulapura Road in Nugegoda and arrested its driver and a passenger for allegedly transporting illicit hooch. Police said they also found 25 plastic bottles of illicit brew at the back of the three-wheeler.
The same team also arrested a couple for allegedly selling arrack in their house in Kotte. Police said the couple tried to escape when they raided the place but the officers managed to arrest them.
They said 24 bottles of arrack were found concealed in the ceiling and inside a pit within the house. Police inquiries have revealed that the couple sold liquor on Poya days for a higher price.