A massive search operation was launched yesterday to check particulars of employees and vehicles at building sites in the Western province, police said.
Western Province DIG N.K. Ilangakoon said police had received information that several workmen employed in building projects were involved in terrorist and underworld activities including murders.
He said the search operation would cover 88 police areas in Colombo, Kalutara, and Gampaha districts with station OICs being requested to furnish a report to Police Headquarters within 24 hours.
The DIG said according to reports more than 10,000 workers including carpenters, masons and helpers were employed at various building sites in the Western Province.
He said the Police Headquarters had informed all police stations in the province regarding the current operations.