War on drug menace will continue despite threats – President

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President Maithripala Sirisena handing over a certificate to a student. Also present are MPs Dayasiri Jayasekara and Shantha Bandara.

Some groups that were hesitant to draft laws to eradicate extremist terrorist movements despite public opinion following the Easter Sunday extremist Islamic suicide attacks, bring about Bills to abolish the death penalty, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

The President made this observation at the prize giving ceremony of Sir John Kotelawela Central College in Kurunegala in the North -Western Province inter school creativity competition under the drug prevention theme.

The President also said that the most leaders did not stand against drug kingpins for fear of threats to their life as well as these kingpins’ capacity to topple governments. He added however he would not give up the drug prevention programme he initiated under whatever circumstances.

He also said that he is being criticised by those drug kingpins who were strengthened by politicians. He also assured that he would continue his endeavour to protect the younger generation from this menace.

At the ceremony, 1,030 students were awarded and presented with prizes for their creations of poems, short stories, art, songs, dramas and short films.