20 police personnel transferred from Deraniyagala

18 July 2013 06:12 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Twenty policemen attached to the Deraniyagala police station were transferred with immediate effect yesterday and the police headquarters termed it as a ‘service requirement’.

However it is speculated that the transfers were given following the murder of 71 year old estate superintended Nihal Perera on July 5. Earlier, the Deraniyagala police OIC was transferred following the killing.

But the police headquarters said the 20 policemen who were transferred had been working at the Deraniyagala police station for a long period.

18 suspects including the former Deraniyagala Pradeshiya Sabha Chairmanwere arrested and  are in remand custody over the killing.

The CID took over the investigations after the Deraniyagala police was blamed for not taking necessary action to protect the victim despite complaints by him. The people in the area have also levelled several allegations about the law enforcement authorities in the area.  

The well known estate superintendent was slashed to death by a group of about 15 men who entered his estate when he was supervising it. Three more people who were providing security to him were also slashed by the suspects.

It was found out that the victim had a long standing dispute with an individual who had close connections with a provincial politician in the area.

During the past three months the estate had come under several attacks initiated by the suspects. They had even robbed items from the tea estate during the attacks. But the Deraniyagala police had failed to take action to arrest the suspects involved in the attacks.(Supun Dias)

  Comments - 13

  • The pacifist Friday, 19 July 2013 07:28 AM

    The PC minister affiliated to 'Athkota' is Mahipala Herath......This tragedy i.e. manslaughter incident could have been prevented if the certain high profile personnel at the top (mentioning the name = white van) who was informed of the danger from the beginning, had taken the matter seriously and taken necessary action.
    Nevertheless, what has happened has happened and the memory remains until that too will be washed away like sand castles on the beach.
    The residents have requested the gov to build a statue of Mr. Nihal in his memory. We are grateful for his 40 odd years of service and contribution to the tea industry. RIP Sir.

    Buwa Friday, 19 July 2013 09:25 AM

    Sack the ASP and DIG as well.

    Bugs Bunny Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:18 PM

    You said it doc!

    Betty Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:34 PM

    Do something for yourself, for you beloved family. Don’t waste your time talking politics/sports while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this S.Lanka poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars, very interesting idea. Go to (USED.CO) not dot com, to see the methods and companies that she was using to do that (USED.CO) not dot com, it is a very simple idea but a very powerful One, Wake up Africans

    solicos Thursday, 18 July 2013 01:31 PM

    SL police is stinking. Instead of sacking all of them being transferred. Miracle of Asia.

    Porky Pig Thursday, 18 July 2013 06:23 AM

    "Closing the gate after the horse has bolted". A valuable and honest life could have been saved if these was done long ago.

    Game Man Thursday, 18 July 2013 06:34 AM

    There is something Fishy, or else why transfer the OIC and these 20 policemen after the killing.

    T. Nizam Rahim Friday, 19 July 2013 05:46 AM

    "unserviceable Policemen" transferred for service requirement?

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 19 July 2013 11:08 AM

    What a wonderful Police service we have in this country. It is obvious why they did not want an independent Police commission so that the dirty politicians can control the cops and get them to dp all the crimes for them.

    Rubert Vanderkoon Thursday, 18 July 2013 06:39 AM

    Now it is OK, the police is clean and the estate superintendent will not be killed anymore.

    Sagarika Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:07 AM

    They should be hung for not taking the complaints of the Planter seriously!

    5555 Friday, 19 July 2013 06:15 AM

    They are all buddist so this is not a new thing....way of life of there gelousy and hypocrisy .....

    shan Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:16 AM

    NOW GOOD MOVE,TAKE THE ''ATHKOTA'' TO THE CORNER OF THE ESTATE TO FIND THE ARMS WHICH HE HIDE


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