CID probes Cancer Hospital gloves with undertaker

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

 The Health Ministry yesterday said that it had called in the Criminal Investigations Department to probe the detection of a consignment of surgical gloves, belonging to the Maharagama Cancer Institute, at an undertaker’s.

Health Ministry Spokesman Dharma Wanninayake said that the discovery had been made following a tip-off received by the Maharagama Police. He said that ten boxes containing surgical gloves had been sold to the undertaker.

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday (15) night had requested the CID to carry out investigations into the matter.

He said that two minor employees had been arrested over incident. However, the Maharagama Police had said that there could be a "main man or several other persons involved," Wanninayake said.

The Ministry spokesman warned that stringent action would be taken against those responsible for theft or misuse of state property. He said that a similar incident had occurred on a previous occasion in the Kandy District and that, too, had been investigated by the CID.

Meanwhile, the Acting Police Media Spokesman, SSP Ajith Rohana, when contacted, said that the owner of the undertaking business had been arrested. He had revealed that three persons had brought the boxes of gloves. Each box contained approximately 200 pairs, he added.


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