Around 35 to 40 street children, who were begging from motorists, stopping for traffic signals on the City`s highways, were taken into custody through a city wide police dragnet.
At the Duplication Road, Liberty Plaza Roundabout traffic signals, several minor females along with mothers cradling infants were roped in on Saturday (28). The suspects were from the Lunawa and Moratuwa areas, police said.
The suspects were released on police bail.
Describing their modus operandi police said that at the traffic signals the waiting motorists are accosted by groups of street children including young girls, who carry a coin with them. They press the edge of the coin against the vehicle and request money. In the event the motorist opt to pull away the coin pressed on the vehicle make a dent mark on the moving vehicle, police revealed.
The round up was conducted under the direction of Kolupitiya Police Traffic OIC Wajira by RPC 1225394 Dayawansa, RPC22671 Harold and RPC 36418 Harold.