An effective programme to detect illegal weapons in the country is not in place despite criminal gangs roaming parts of the country carrying such weapons, Police claimed.

Police Media Spokesman, Assistant Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekera said the Police do not turn a blind eye to the perilous situation and it had sought information regarding illegal weapons, following the acquisition of which, arrests are made.

Last month the Ambalangoda Police arrested several suspects with illegal weapons and grenades, he mentioned.