30th June 2002, Volume 8, Issue 50
Reckless driving claims two sisters
By Marianne David and Hemamala Wickremage
a cruel twist of fate, two little
girls were snatched away from this
world due to the carelessness of a bus driver last week. The two
little girls, 10 year old Lakmini Wathsala Kumari and six year old Anusha
Udayangani Kumari had gone to nearby boutique with a relation, R.M.
Piyasena, to buy a few buns.
to Piyasena, on the day of the accident the two girls had waited for their
father to return home. He had gone out to buy wood and cement for the new
house he was building.
girls' father and I came back around 4:30 in the evening. Since Anusha
kept asking her father for buns, he asked the elder girl, Wathsala to go
to the boutique up the road. I took the two girls on my motorbike and
dropped them off near the boutique. Then I went further down that road to
a shop to buy some cigarettes" said Piyasena.
the two girls were in the boutique, a bus, its tyre having burst, had
crashed into the fence a few metres away and kept on coming straight at
them. The bus which came to a halt after having run into the two little
girls and crashed into a lamp-post, had also uprooted a Mara tree in its
died on the spot but little Anusha was still alive and able to talk. They
were then rushed to the Wariyapola hospital. From there, with saline
bottles attached to her, Anusha was rushed to the Kurunegala hospital in a
private van because there was no ambulance available.
van was hit by another bus near the Negombo Road, where Anusha's saline
tubes were torn off due to the force of the impact. She was then rushed to
the hospital in a three-wheeler. Even after this, she was able to talk and
her last words to her father, Nimal, had been, "Thaththe, api aayeth
happuna neda?" (Father, we crashed again, didn't we?)
little Anusha was destined to leave this world with her sister. Be it
playing games or going to school, the two of them were together all the
time. Wathsala was very loving towards her motherless little sister. She
was really mature for her age," said one of the neighbours present at
to the two girls' cousin, Stella is seven months old and her mother
Shantini Virginia is hugging her baby and staring into the hot sun
outside. They are both seated outside. "My baby is too ill for me to
join the queue. She needs a bed and I do not know at what time I can go
home," said Shantini.
there are easily about 2,000 patients waiting, each one has a baby and no
one is happy. "What can we do. Whether we like it or not, we have to
come here," said a mother, trying to smile.
parents are trying to understand. But these babies do not understand.
is not a drop of water, not a thing to eat. Perhaps the best and most
humane advertisement that any company can have is to give each person a
drink of malted milk or a biscuit. It is the closest entry one can make to
the human heart. But advertisements take other forms and the suffering
continues. The best alms that one can give ought to be given here -
something to eat for the children, something to drink for the children.
said that the Lady Ridgeway Hospital is one of the best hospitals in South
Asia must have not seen this OPD. He must have definitely missed the drug
dispensing section that is this dark hallway above where the Vesak
decorations still rustle.
people inside this OPD pharmacy have their problems too. The ceiling is
falling down from a side and it is hot inside. But at least they have
three fans working, and the children have nothing. "The drugs are
deteriorating due to the heat," said a hospital employee. "This
is the place that ought to be airconditioned" he said.
if ever there is a place that ought to be airconditioned in this hospital
it is not the rooms of the directors - it is where the poor babies and
their parents come and stay.
walk inside into the OPD and the crying continues. Parents are seated on
benches holding on to hot babies. Everyone is shocked. There is danger of
infection but nobody cares. The children are all huddled together. Once is
a way one sees a small arm or a leg struggling to get out of the crowd,
but the majority of the children who are brought here are babies who are
doctors at this hospital are in bad moods," said our photographer who
had his child warded here a week ago. "You ask a question once and if
you ask another, the doctor starts to yell at you. My child was warded
here and received no treatment. I could not get any tests done and I had
to ward him in a private hospital," he said.
children were being given blood, but they were not lying in beds, they
were lying on the floor. Worried parents stood by, too scared to talk, too
worried about their babies to make a fuss.
of the people who come here are from far away places as Kurunegala,
Tissamaharama, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Amparai etc., and they have no
friends or relations here. They have little money and their children are
this is how the country's premier hospital for children handles a crisis,
then there is much to be desired. Obviously
the officials do not seem to think this is a crisis situation.
there is injustice, it is here. If there is suffering, it is here and if
there is neglect, it is here.
all this is inflicted upon the babies of the poorest section of our
price health services?
dying art of native medicine
eye operation with the aid of
a shoe flower stem or a medicine made
out of porcupine spikes, ivory powder and leopard's nails would make most
of us shiver in fright. But for some of us who still believe in native
medicine and their amazing cures, those experienced veda mahaththayas
from the main road in Homagama is the house of A.M.A. Wijeratne
Alagiyawanna, a well known veda mahaththaya. Patients from all over the
country visit Alagiyawanna's house with the hope of finding a cure for
their ailments. To Alagiyawanna the art of practicing native medicine was
an inborn talent that has made him one of the most sought after veda
mahaththayas in the country today.
father who took over this ancient practice from his father, was also a
famous veda mahaththaya many years ago. "In those days there were no
shops to sell medicine and my father used to prepare the medication at
home. While my father was treating patients and prescribing medicines I
used to crawl in the garden and pick up aralu and nelli fruits brought for
medicinal purposes and eat them. I suppose this was an indication that I
would take over my father's business some day" Alagiyawanna said.
the tender age of 12 Alagiyawanna having watched his father for many
years, used to insist on mixing the herbs, fruits, and other ingredients
needed for the medicine. "Even though my father never encouraged me
to read his medicine books as I would neglect my studies I used to read on
the sly as I had an interest in this type of medicine" Alagiyawanna
the age of 15 Alagiyawanna had a good knowledge of his father's Veda Kama.
"When I was 12 or 13 my father developed a problem in his hand and
from then onwards I got involved in preparing the medicine for the
patients. Due to my interest in this field I picked up very fast and
thanks to my father have helped many patients solve their problems"
the past 50 years Alagiyawanna has cured patients with ailments such as
cataract, glaucoma, eye pressure, diabetes, catarrh and malnutrition among
others. Seated at his house Alagiyawanna talked about his unforgettable
memories while learning the tricks of the trade.
thought for a while Alagiyawanna began his story. "My father was
treating Charlis Appuhamy for a white patch in his eye. After some time my
father told Appuhamy he couldn't do anything more and the patient was left
with a small white patch on one side of the eye. Appuhamy asked me if I
could do anything about the patch. I told him if you can find me porcupine
spikes, crushed leopard's nails, crushed wild boar horns and crushed
elephant horn among others (totalling 23) that were required for the
medicine I could try. Appuhamy brought me the ingredients and I made him
the mixture. The solution worked and the patch on Appuhamy's eye
dissappeared. That was the turning point in my career as a veda
mahaththaya" Alagiyawanna said.
then wanted Alagiyawanna to start his own dispensary in Weliveriya. "Appuhamy
supplied the furniture and I brought the medicine and this is how my Veda
Kama was established" Alagiyawanna said.
then moved to Naththandiya in Marawila where he todate continues his
my father practiced medicine the patients were provided shelter in the
veda mahthaya's home, fed, clothed and looked after till the operation was
complete and the veda kama was done free of charge which is why the veda
mahathhaya was considered to be a respected person
in the comunity. However due to the present circumstances patients cannot be
kept at our homes and we have to charge a small fee" Alagiyawanna
to Alagiyawanna a problem faced by many veda maththayas today is the
scarcity of certain medicines and the ban imposed on ganja that is widely
used for native medicine. "The Ayurveda Institution earlier provided
ganja leaves for our use. But now we have to find it on our own which
makes our practice a little difficult" Alagiyawanna said.
to Alagiyawanna, native medicine was first introduced to the world by
ancient philosophers who developed their intellectual minds to find cures
to diseases faced by mankind.
medicine was introduced by the Maha Brahma in a book called the 'Srushshratha'
that was divided into one lakh of shloka and 16 editions.
has been recorded in ancient medical history that 6600
poems were listed in the Puskola books and over 4000 in medical
however this art that has cured thousands the world over, even before the
introduction of western medicine is now gradually dying out.
to Alagiyawanna it is up to the government to encourage and preseve this
valuable method of native medicine in Sri Lanka that will continue to cure
many more in the future.
Amman Temple: A place of myths,mysteries and miracles
temple dedicated to
Kannaka Amman lies three miles
off the main road leading to Mullaitivu among swaying coconut palms. The
Vailasi Pongal falls in the month of May or on a Monday when it is full
moon. Legend has it that after the consecration of the shrine of Kannaki
in South India, the deity visited Ceylon manifesting herself in 10 places
where temples were built for the goddess. This last or tenth place was
Paththas Palai (Paththam means tenth, Palai - means residence). In course
of time the name has changed to Vattapalai.
festival starts one week before the great pongal. The priest and the
trustees of the temple take a
brass-pot accompanied by drums and templets, to the sea shore and dip it
in the sea and fill it. Thereafter it is taken to the temple of Lord
Ganesha in Mullawalai and kept there for a week.
the day of the pongal this water is brought to the Amman Temple in the
morning and a lamp is lit with the sea water instead of oil and it keeps
burning the whole day and night.
pongal ceremony itself is worth watching.
brahmin priest blesses the event. The person who starts the pongal sits in
front of the fire place and takes the pot on to his lap and using twine
thread makes a network of it covering the pot, when this is done, the
temple stewards take the pot and he stands up and receives it. Thereafter
he goes into a trance, going round the fire place with the pot balanced
precariously on one shoulder.
he dances round the fire place supported by the stewards, some rice grains
are put into his out stretched hand and he throws the grains upwards in
asked the reason for it we were told that the grains are for the celestral
companies of the Amman. Believe it or not even one grain didn't fall on
the ground or on anybody's head for that matter. Once he puts the pot on
the fire place the man becomes normal. This happens at midnight and milk
rice sweetened with jaggery is cooked. Once the main pongal starts,
devotees who have vowed to cook milkrice there, start their minor pongals
in the sandy compound outside.
walking and kavadi also take place there. The kavadi dancers dance in a
frenzy to the quick rhythm of drums. The hanging (Thooku) kavadi where one
or two persons are suspended by hooks from a crane is a wonder. In one
instance a man was carrying his infant son to fulfil a vow.
temple has a history of miracles too. When the writer was a government
servant at Mullaitivu an incident that will make the sceptics think twice,
happened. A prowler who had his eyes on the precious jewels of the deity
had gone there.
went to the hall where the pilgrims rest to see if anyone was around. The
poosari's assistant was asleep there with a shawl covering his body. The
prowler took the shawl and was on his way into one of the wadiyas built
for carpenters. He then took off his shirt and hooked it on the fence,
buried his wrist watch in the sand and made his way to the temple. He used
the camphor to light the place.
made quick work of it and keeping the box of jewels on the wall below the
cave, came to the hut. As soon as he reached the wadiya he was struck
blind. Later he is believed to have confessed that something white went
over his eyes and he lost his sight, needless to say that when he was
discovered with the shawl what would have happened to him. People flooded
to see the thief. There was general excitement over the miraculous
deed of the Amman and faith grew stronger.
the time Portuguese controlled the area people say that a certain general
used to mock and deride the devotees going to the temple.
your goddess perform miracles like our Lady of Miracles? He would taunt
them. One day when he was riding past the temple arrogantly, a tree which
they call Anickia Maram - which was beside the wall of the sanctum
sanctorum of the temple, shook so violently that the fruits from the tree
fell out and pelted the general till he fell off the horse. It is said
that to this day after that incident, the tree bore neither a flower nor a
the believer no explanation is necessary. To the non believer no
explanation is sufficient.
- Thilaka Vivekandan Wijeyratnam
to the bottom of sexual harassment
Nichol A. Hanson
sexy baby," young boys call out from
a crowded bus window.
"What do you think about sex?" questions a trishaw driver
on my way to work one morning. A
very sophisticated looking businessman even thought that he would be smart
by showing me his tongue in order to impress a group of his colleagues.
They were not impressed, in fact and needless to say, neither was I.
harassment is an issue that is not only hurtful and annoying, but can create
serious obstacles between sexes in any culture.
Schools, businesses, universities, and even places of religious
worship are every day enacting tough policies to deal with this horrific
cultural predicament. The place
where most of this harassing behaviour takes place however is sadly the
places where everyone should feel the most comfortable, our streets, our
communities, and even our homes. Every
woman that I spoke with feels the bruises of sexual harassment daily. Before
any solutions to a depressing problem can be concluded, a cause must first
become realised by society. Where
has this tiny seed that has been implanted inside the heads of so many all
over the world orginate from?
A better question to look at may be what issues cause these gender
attitudes to remain in the year 2002. As the gender gap narrows, can there
be an explanation for why people in all parts of the world are still
slipping through? It seems impossible that sexual harassment policies could
hold strong if cultural ideals towards gender roles remain.
find it interesting that these beautiful Sri Lankan women would even
entertain the thought that the way they dress actually makes them deserving
of this blatant form of sexual harassment. The way a woman wears her hair or the style of blouse she
wears is not the cause of disrespectful behaviour.
I do not believe that there is a trigger that leads an individual to
believe that he has the right to gawk at, bother, talk nasty, and even
overtly verbally abuse a woman. This
negative behaviour is not generally facilitated by anything that a woman
could possibly do or say. These
feelings of guilt that a woman possesses after being sexually harassed is
the reason why so much rape, molestation, and sexual violence goes
unreported. "When a boy yells something bothersome at me, I don't think
to fight back sometimes, because I don't know why he said it to me and not
another girl," proclaimed a 16-year-old female student at a Colombo
I have been in Sri Lanka my thoughts about this issue have undergone radical
personal revelation. My first
notion was that my western style elicited this type of response, possibly
facilitated by a less than moral standard of media portrayal of women in
Europe and the States. This was
immediately proven wrong when I adapted my own attire to the skin covering
style of Sri Lanka.I was still harassed.
So then I thought that due to terrorist activity, tourist levels have
been low, and it must be the colour of my skin that brings such a strong
reaction. As I began to recount
my frustrations to others, I found that this was also not the case, as my
eastern lady friends were experiencing identical problems.
Then maybe, I am being harassed due to sexual aggression as a product
of the "sexually moral" Sri Lankan community which nearly
prohibits the coupling of opposite genders until marriage.
If people are frustrated and uninformed about the opposite sex, then
this sexual aggressive behaviour could certainly be a backlash of community
values, until I started noticing wedding bands on most of the harasser's
fingers. So among all of these
theories, I am left with no real resolution, except that no matter how I
adapt, the harassment continues.
I teach, I am completely covered and act in an extremely professional
manner, and on my walk home from work a young man actually reached out and
grabbed me," voices a frustrated American student, volunteering in a
Panadura school. Young women
are frustrated and fed-up with feeling as if they have brought on these
my friends and I holler and try to gain the attention of girls on the
streets just to look good in front of others," says a young Sri Lankan
who wishes to remain nameless. He
continues on, ''I guess we never thought of how the girl felt about
it." This type of mentality is exactly what makes sexual harassment
such a fierce problem.
general disregard for the feelings of others in a community is an extremely
disturbing attitude to take. Especially
in Colombo, a trend is occurring reducing differences that separate a man's
and a woman's gender role within a community.
As these gender role definitions blur, my hope would be that sexual
harassment would reduce greatly. By
looking within and finding the origin of our own ideas and attitudes about
gender, a general regard for the opposite sex will be found and within this
it will not be hard to at least think about the harm created before we act
or speak in hurtful ways.
- little seeds of magic
tiny but miraculous
seeds are consumed in various
forms throughout much of the world with the exception of the west where
these are virtually unknown (except the miserly scattering atop a hamburger
bun). Japanese would not consider sitting down to a meal without a ready
supply of gomachco seeds ground with sea salt). In Africa, Asia, the Middle
East and China, both the seeds and its oil are recognised as a valuable
probably originated in Africa. It was cultivated in India before it reached
the Mediterranean. In the first century gingili oil was exported from India
to Arabia and Africa and thence to the Roman Empire.
are black, yellow and red seeded varieties of gingili seeds. The seeds
contain 44% to 57% of fat which has carotene, the linoleic acid content
being about 45%.
ounce (25gm) of roasted gingili (sesame) seed contain's 160.40 calories,
13.63gm of fat of which 5.15gm are monounsaturated, 5.98gm are
polyunsaturated and 1.91gm are saturated fat. Carbohydrate content is
7.31gm, protein 4.82gm, crude fibre 2.41gm, vitamin A 0.8RE, thiamine
0.23mg, riboflavin 0.07mg, nicotinic acid 1.30mg, pantothenic acid 0.01mg,
0.23gm of vitamin B 6,27.88mg of calcium, 4.19mg of iron 2.03mg of zinc and
27.86mg of folic acid.
quantity of gingili seeds provides a monster degree of nutrition. As
mentioned earlier just 25gm (one ounce) of whole roasted gingili seeds
provides 160 calories (6% of adult allowance), supply nearly half the iron
requirement (they contain more iron than beef liver) and one fifth of the
zinc requirement. Although one ounce of roasted gingili provides 280.88mg of
calcium (more calcium than any other common food), as the calcium is in the
form of calcium oxylate, the body cannot make use of this calcium.
gingili seeds have a surplus of the two essential amino-acids, methionine
and tryptophan which are often lacking in popular protein foods.
a small sprinkling of gingili seeds greatly increases the usable protein in
other foods such as dhal which is lacking in methionine.
seeds are high in vitamin E which acts as a preservative making them
resistant to oxidation. Mechanically hulled seeds are superior to seeds
processed by salt brine or by chemical bath. Salt processed seeds are very
high in sodium and the chemically treated gingili develop a soapy flavour
and loose much of its nutrition. Mechanically hulled seeds can be kept for
several years and have a sweet taste and unlike the other varieties which
have a glossy white appearance, mechanically hulled seeds have a dull matt
view of the high content of heart healthy monounsaturated fat and
polyunsaturated fat, gingili oil is recommended for heart patients who have
elevated bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and low levels of good
cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).
seeds roasted gently ( without using oil) can be used in limitless range of
dishes including all kinds of salads; home made bread; home made bread;
breakfast cereals; pies, casseroles and savoury bakes; stir-fried
vegetables; on pasta dishes; a paste can be made from seeds as a substitute
for butter. Gingili seeds are believed to have power of life and fertility
and are said to stimulate the ovaries and hasten maturity.
which is made using a mixture of gingili seeds and jaggery is a very popular
snack in Sri Lanka.
oil has been used as a healing oil for thousands of years. Gingili oil is
mentioned in the Vedas as an excellent oil for humans. It is naturally
anti-bacterial for common skin pathogens such as staphylococcus and
streptococcus as well as common skin fungi such as athlete foot fungus. It
is naturally anti-viral. It is also a natural anti-inflammalory agent.
oil has been used in ancient Sri Lanka for a variety of purposes. It is
recommended in ayurveda as "best of seed oils. It is
penetrating, removes skin diseases, is suitable for nourishing the
lean and thinning fat". The oil is massaged on the abdomen to promote
the uterine contrations.
India, gingili oil has been used for unblocking arteries. In recent
experiments in Holland by ayurvedic physicians, the oil has been used in the
treatment of chronic diseases including hepatitis and migraine. In vitro,
gingili oil has inhibited replication of human colon cancer cells. Gingili
oil has inhibited the growth of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) in vitro.
shows that gingili oil is a potent antioxidant. In the tissues beneath the
skin this oil will neutralize oxygen radicals. It penetrates into the skin
quickly and enters the blood stream through the capillaries.
an experiment at the Maharishi International College in Fairfield, Iowa
students rinsed their mouths with gingili oil resulting in a 85% reduction
in bacteria which cause gingirities.
nose drops snuffed back into the sinuses, gingili oil has cured chronic
sinusitis. As a throat gargle it kills strep; and other common bacteria. It
helps sufferers of psosiasis and dry skin. It has been successfully used in
the hair of children to kills lice infestation. It is a natural UV
protector. It nourishes and feeds the scalp dandruff and kills dandruff
causing bacteria. It protects the skin from the effects of chlorine in
swimming pool water.
before and after radiation treatment, gingili oil helps to neutralize the
flood of oxygen radicals which such treatment inevitably causes.
oil helps the joints to keep their flexibility. It keeps the skin supple and
soft and heals and protects areas of mild scrapes, cuts and abrasions. It
helps to tighten facial skin, particularly around the nose controlling the
unusual enlargement of pores as skin ages chronologically.
( sesame) oil unlike other oils is good for young skin. It helps and
neutralises the poisons which develop both on the surface of and in pores.
With gingili oil no cosmetics are needed. The gingili oil will cause young
facial skin to have and display natural growth.
on baby skin particularly in the area covered by diapers, the gingily oil
will protect the tender skin against rashes
caused by the acidity of body waste.
using the oil as a massage oil stroke the long limbs up and down, use
circular movements over all joints to stimulate the natural energy of these
Dr. D. P. Atukorale
Food And Nutrition by Prof. T. W. Wickramanayake
2. Guide To Vegetarian Living by Peter Cox.
in the heart of Fort
is a journey and the Fort railway
station has all the ups and downs
that we all meet in life. At first sight it looks like a busy place where
trains come and go. But take a closer look and we will find that it is not
only trains that come and go here.
Inspector Ajith Perera is amicable. He tries to help us locate the people
that the police have 'cleared' from the Colombo-Fort railway station. Sitting in his noisy office at
the police post at the railway station, Perera and his clan are on the
lookout for crime - petty or otherwise.
things seem to have improved tremendously with the presence of the police
here in the railway station. There was a time when a woman could not pass
the fruit stalls without being remarked at. "Once a lady came and told
us that the fruit sellers jeered at her and then threw a rotten apple at
her," recalled the police officers.
the police soon changed all that and life appears rosy for the women folk
who have to mingle with this large crowd here at Fort.
Colombo-Fort police have been responsible for sending the beggar families
away from the railway station because they want to make it a better place.
still the Visakhas and the Sivalis do come to see SI Ajith Perera. He
blushes and recalls the vibrant nail polish and the lipstick and the small
leather type handbag that Visakha carried. He remembers all this too well
because Visakha should not have been carrying a ladies' handbag, for Visakha
was a young man who was also a beautician. But SI Ajith Perera and the Fort
police in general have not been that interested in Visakha's beauty career;
what they were more interested in was why this young man and a huge group of
equal feminity frequented the Fort railway station. They wanted to put a
stop to Visakha and his friends and they did. Today Visakha wears less
feminine clothes, but he seems to blush when SI Ajith Perera approaches. But
all these blushes of the young men in skirts are wasted on the police team
at this railway station.
Fort police however have not taken kindly to the acitivities that have been
going on in the Fort railway station.
a train approaches all that the commuter is interested in is getting a seat
on the train. He runs behind the moving train and somehow throws the bag
into a seat. Then when the train comes to a halt, he goes looking for his
bag. And most often it is not there for someone else gets off with it,"
said SI Ajith Perera, OIC, Fort railway police post.
a commuter decides to spend the night at the railway station to catch the
early morning train, he finds that there is another man who decides to sleep
next to him, despite the wide space all around. In the morning he finds that
his sleeping partner has disappeared with his bag and baggage and his purse
too," said the SI.
are 10 police officers here,
among them, PCs Lal, Amarasuriya, Wanasinghe, Karunaratna, Siriwardene,
Shane and Nandasiri. They function under the guidance of ASP Cyril Fernando
and OIC Fort police, H.M. Dharmasena.
have been many heart rending cases of distrust and infidelity at the Fort railway station.
It seems that this is the place that one can learn the lessons in life's
journey the fastest.
are many women who come to us saying that the 'aiya' who was so nice and
kind to them and helped them find their way around in the city of Colombo
has 'disappeared' with their purse or their bag. Women are hurt and harmed
most. A few months ago, almost everyday there was a case of a chain being
snatched and the woman's neck being severely injured. Our aim is to stop all
kinds of unwanted elements from taking a walk along the railway station
looking for prey," said SI Ajith Perera.
spoke of a time when not only women, but even men were not safe at the
railway station due to the presence of people like Visakhas and Sivalis.
police however had not taken kindly to these painted people who had however
pleaded with the muscular policemen to let them stay.
is like an airport in the heart of the city - every morning about 100,000
people pass by. In the evening too, a little more than 100,000 make
their way out of the station and there is a section of society who try to
make a living from this crowd. Some sell buns and tea, others try
perverted means - making these people innocent and unsuspecting
there are many tourists who come to this railway station to go to far away
places to see the beauty of Sri Lanka. But what do they see here, beggars,
touts and people like Visakha and Sivali. But today all that has stopped.
Nobody is allowed entry into the railway station in the night"said SI
Perera. Today, the drug addicts and the drug dealers have all left the Fort
police team has had a tough time here. Initially there had been many thugs
and it had taken the Fort police a lot of work to make them
still walk around the neighbourhood, but they cannot intimidate ordinary
citizens anymore," said this police team.
police team points at the little byroads on the opposite side of the railway
station. They speak of a place called the 'Kapiri Mudukkuwa.' On inquries
made, it was discovered that this is the most feared place in the city of
Fort. Here drug dealers and sex-dealers, drug addicts and prostitutes, all
work hand in hand here.
it is said to be the most feared place in the city, the place has its
attractions and there still is a handful of young people who make their way
into this dreaded den and come back minus their wallets all the time.
Perhaps, this may become the next project for the Fort police, who have made the Colombo Fort railway station a place sans hurt and smoke.
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