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Decision over MR's security won't be reversed: Ruwan

6 May 2016 02:47 am - 21     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said the government’s decision to withdraw the army from the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security division and deploy only the police would not be changed under any circumstance.

He told the media during his visit to the Mihintale Raja Maha Vihara yesterday that it was a decision taken by the Security Council Headed by the President and the Prime Minister. He pointed out that only the police had been deployed to provide protection to the President and the Prime Minister and other VIPs. He said it was not possible to change the decision of the Security Council and deploy the army to provide protection only for the former president.

The minister pointed out that the army was responsible for the security of the country and that the police were able to provide adequate protection to the VIPs who could obtain the services of the STF if required.

He said 50 out of 105 army officials in the former President’s security division had already been replaced with 50 police officers and the rest will also be replaced , but it was not a political victimization as alleged by the joint opposition. He expressed concern over the joint opposition’s attempt to mislead the people. The minister pointed out that Prime Minister sated in parliament that he was prepared to deploy the number of police STF officials required by the former president. He said it was a question as to why the joint opposition undermined the police and the civil defence department.

Minister Sagala Ratnayake and Mihintale UNP Chief Organiser Karunaratne Herath were present at the occasion. (Atula Bandara)

  Comments - 21

  • Diogenes Friday, 06 May 2016 08:09 PM

    Does the ex-president and his followers think that he is much more important than the President himself? Why so perticular about getting army personnel for his protection? Is he planning a coup?

    sg Friday, 06 May 2016 08:16 PM

    While, should be strengthened national security and intelligent network well.

    leke Friday, 06 May 2016 08:57 PM

    you people are like bus conductors they also want fighting via DM Android App

    Desmond Jeromme Friday, 06 May 2016 09:22 PM

    Yes, Royalists also never bow down for irregularities.

    Manuel Benjamin Friday, 06 May 2016 09:24 PM

    Yes, not only deciding, but never allow even one Military person.

    bubble Banda Friday, 06 May 2016 09:28 PM

    Why Army or STF, his gangsters are rowdies, they can protect him.

    ANTON Friday, 06 May 2016 10:07 AM


    Riz Friday, 06 May 2016 10:37 AM

    Very good decision.

    Narayana Friday, 06 May 2016 10:42 AM

    We will change our decision send you all home

    Unchikun Friday, 06 May 2016 10:52 AM

    Well said,Sir. Hold you stance and do not bow to ruffians.

    Ananda Friday, 06 May 2016 11:53 AM

    Yes nothing more than the security decided should be given to him. This is to show the importance of the man who heads the jo the bunch of crooks. via DM Android App

    KOLA KOTIYA Friday, 06 May 2016 11:59 AM


    Coconut Republic Friday, 06 May 2016 12:16 PM

    Demonstration of the authority. This is how to handle things. Keep it up Ruwan!

    Roman Friday, 06 May 2016 12:52 PM

    this just proved that Yahapalanaya does have a strong backbone!!

    Damn Friday, 06 May 2016 12:56 PM

    Yes very true. when they dicide to hit a diplomat they just hit. They dont think twice .way to go mate.

    anuradha Friday, 06 May 2016 01:02 PM

    He compares President Mahinda with former presidents He is jst a forme president for them but for people he is only the hope & he proven it via DM Android App

    dham Friday, 06 May 2016 01:22 PM

    Army guard shouldnt be provided for just go every go to temples. via DM Android App

    karsha Friday, 06 May 2016 01:40 PM

    will have to wait for eternity.

    Rupa Friday, 06 May 2016 02:26 PM

    Well done, finally the president and the prime minister is showing some guts. Please do not bend down to Mahinda R. MR will do everything possible to send the new government home and if that's happens that will be the end of your life time. Please crush MR and his goons without oust footing any longer.

    aja Friday, 06 May 2016 02:41 PM

    Well said bro .

    Coconut Republic Friday, 06 May 2016 03:06 PM

    Very soon a premedited bomb activity will go off somewhere!

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