For the last 50 years, no serious action was taken to combat the drug network . Due to this, drugs became a new normal in the society . Selling and using drugs became a common phenomenon .
The school has became the starting point of the drug addiction. Drug traffickers has became VIPs in the area. The security forces has compelled to sleep with the drug lords. It is needless to say that the this situation is a definite danger to the children of the country.
As such even though there are loop holes , operation launched to combat Drug network by Tiran and Deshabandu is a need of the hour.
Drug network is like an iceberg floating in the sea. The visible part of it is limited and a large part is there, that is not visible and is sunk to the deep. Currently, various forces are working against on going ”Yuktiya ” operation.
In particularly , two prominent politicians issued statements disparaging the ‘Yuktiya” operation.
1. First case – “Seized drugs turning into ‘flour’ during legal process ” Justice Minister Wijedasaya issued such a statement.
However, the report about the seized drugs is issued by the Government Analyst’s Department, . That department is under Wijedasa. It is a known fact that the Government Analyst’s Department is corrupt institute . And there is a serious allegation that Wijedasa’s son’s law firm is appearing for drug lords.
As such, issuing a statement that tarnishing the image of the police it is problematic, instead of looking into the allegations leveled against the institution under him.
2. Second case – “The children of those who are arrested under are insecure” – This statement was made by Patali Champika.
When Champika holds the power and energy ministry Tiran’s Mawbima Newspaper exposed that Minister has committed a billions of fraud by coal tender.
Champika filed a defamation case claiming that the Mawbima newspaper shattered his reputation. It is worth noting said trial was awesome . During the trail Tiran’s lawyers CrossExamined Champika. Tiran’s lawyers asked over and over, ”whether he posses any reputation to damage” . Subsequently Champika himself withdraw the defamation case .Facts being so there is a conflict between Tiran and Champika.
Yuktiya Operation may have loopholes . But what should be done is not the sabotage but build a constructive dialogue. Criticizing the anti-drug program for narrow purposes is a national crime.