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Sri Lanka arrests over 4,400 deserters this year

Sri Lanka military says over 4,400 deserters have been arrested since the beginning of this year after an amnesty granted last year ended on 31 December.

Military Spokesman, Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne, said that nearly four thousand five hundred tri forces deserters, who are considered as Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) have been arrested so far.

Eight officers and 4,410 other rank personnel have been arrested till 27th July since the end of the General Amnesty on midnight 31st December 2016.

Accordingly, 8 officers and 3,529 other rank personnel of the Army, 805 Navy and 76 Air Force deserters have been taken into custody.

Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police (SLCMP) together with the Police conduct island-wide operations to apprehend deserters and disciplinary action will be taken against them thereafter.

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