Over 100 politicians representing the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) are in police custody at present, facing rape, robbery and murder charges, sources from the Police Headquarters said.
About 50 politicians accused in several such cases are in remand custody at present and another 10 are serving prison sentences. Others are currently facing court trials.
Most of those who are in custody at present have been arrested and charged with various crimes, notably within a period of one year.
An apparent surge in criminal activities by government politicians has also been noted in recent times; most of them being politicians representing local government bodies, sources added.
By Gihan Kamalesh Weerasinghe