Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara ratified the appointment of Senior DIG M.R. Latheef as the Commandant of the Special Task Force with immediate effect, ending weeks of speculation.
The appointment which was made a short while ago came in the backdrop of moves to override the recommendation of the IGP and the National Police Commission, in appointing the former Special Task Force veteran.
Latheef who joined the Police force in 1979 was a member of the first batch of the STF in 1984 after which he specialized in counter terrorism. He holds a masters degree is Human Rights from the Colombo University and has completed his academic training at the Fort McNair university in the United States.