Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Deshabandu Tennakoon says several gas leak explosions being reported amongst four million gas consuming households, is a normal occurrence.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Presidential Media Centre, Senior DIG Tennakoon said similar domestic gas related incidents have been reported during previous years as well.
He said a total of 847 gas related incidents including 477 surface gas explosions, 52 damages to gas pipes and 15 incidents of damaged regulators have been reported thus far this year.
He added 50,000 incidents are reported adding these facts can be queried with authorised dealers or gas stove repairmen based in each town.
The Senior DIG claimed the reason behind an increase in the number of incidents reported was due to the Police and the media urging the public to report all gas related incidents for their own wellbeing.
He said approximately 300 incidents had been reported by the public.
He said no one can be blamed for the increase in the number of cases being reported adding the data can assist in understanding the situation.
Senior DIG Tennakoon further stated investigations have revealed that none of the accidents involving domestic gas cylinders were intentional or criminal in nature.
He said there is a concern adding that public fear is justified over the recent incidents adding that the truth must be revealed.