The arrest of three Army personnel armed with a weapon while travelling in a white van at Mirihana had no political links and in no way poses a threat to any individual, Military Spokesman Jayanath Jayaweera said today.
The arrest of three soldiers on Monday night resulted in United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) claiming that the incident posed a threat to ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa who resides in Mirihana.
Brigadier Jayaweera said soldiers taken into custody were members of the security detail assigned to Major General Prasanna Silva and the firearm found in their possession belonged to him.
“Major General Silva has been having the firearm for that past 15 years and there have been no reports to suggest it had been used for any illegal activity,” he said.
However, Brigadier Jayaweera admitted the number plate of the vehicle had been altered. He said the vehicle belonged to the army but it carried a number plate issued to a civilian’s vehicle.
“We are investigating how the vehicle’s number plate was changed and to determine if the soldiers were on an official task assigned by Major General Silva. As for the firearm, an officer can hand over his weapon to one of the soldiers in his security detail either when entering the Defence Ministry or at other occasions depending on the circumstances,” he said.
Commenting on the reports that the vehicle had been belonged to the LTTE, the Brigadier said he could not comment on the topic at this level. He said action would be taken against the soldiers if found guilty following the pending probe carrying out by the military police. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Comments - 5
Bippity Boppity Boo Wednesday, 22 July 2015 06:43 PM
This statement called for a court marshal of Major General Silva and also the military spokesman.
Amila Wednesday, 22 July 2015 07:04 PM
Neil Wednesday, 22 July 2015 07:13 PM
Whatever you say the motive was to remind the public about the white van
socrates Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:35 AM
Have old soldiers switched sides
raj Wednesday, 22 July 2015 07:37 PM
From outside Sri Lanka, people think it might be connected to UPFA because they wanted to win the election by creating a fake terrorism attack by using soldiers.
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