Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi today said that military personnel deployed for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa's security would be removed and replaced gradually, as deploying military personnel for VIP security is illegal.
“Police and Special Task Force personnel, who are responsible for the security of VIPs would be deployed for the security of the former President and former defence secretary gradually,” Mr. Hettiarachchi said.
He said even military personnel have not been deployed for the security of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “But former President Mahinda Rajapaksa soon after the last Presidential election had taken all his military personnel, who were assigned for his security, and it was an illegal act,” he said.
He said currently, former President Rajapaksa had 103 police officers and 103 military personnel totaling to 206 in his security contingent. Another contingent of 50 police officers have been deployed for him recently in order to remove 50 military officers from the security contingent. But those 50 military officers are still with him bringing the total strength 256.
Commenting about former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s security, Mr. Hettiarachchi said 50 military officers would be removed soon and STF personnel would replace them. (Indika Hewawitharana)
Gota saved our country, even theses military personal in barraks still they have to pay wages , there is no additional cost
Sharon Friday, 08 April 2016 05:33 PM
What a foolish comment HF. No wonder that you people elected a government like this...
Ram Friday, 08 April 2016 04:56 AM
What was the security the war winning Commander SF did have after the 2010 Presidential elections? He was put in jail where even LTTE carders were incarcerated. We have seen Aung San Suu Kyi serving her term in a residence that was guarded. That is how the intelligent leaders work
Veda-mama Friday, 08 April 2016 05:53 PM
After all what did Gota do? He left the Army and took wings to the safe heaven in USA.
lkcricket Friday, 08 April 2016 05:15 AM
Gota Ordinary citizen now! Like you!
Sharon Friday, 08 April 2016 05:53 AM
Hippo. Are you serious Bro Either you have no idea what Gota did or you are a LTTE supporter. via DM iOS App
sampath Friday, 08 April 2016 06:02 AM
Gen. Adwani was killed by a group of terorists after finishing the wa. it took 10 years. via DM Android App
HF Friday, 08 April 2016 11:34 AM
Good move. MR and GR could be planning a coup with that number of army personnel at their disposal.
ANTON Thursday, 07 April 2016 08:25 PM
GIVE THEM EQUAL NUMBER OF SECURITY GUARDS.
Hippo Thursday, 07 April 2016 08:38 PM
Why Gota? He is just an ordinary citizen now. Can we also ask for military protection as citizens of Sri Lanka. This is a joke. We are in economic turmoil and all the weight is on the man of the street. All this extra security does not come free. Who pays for it?
gayan Thursday, 07 April 2016 10:44 PM
Cant compare ordinary joker citizens like you with Gota. Your free education even free air you breathe is a waste compared to the security expenses of Gota.
Hiranthe Thursday, 07 April 2016 10:46 PM
We have to protect Gota at any cost as a grateful nation. There are so many enemy's of the Mother Lanka who want to take the revenge from Gota for getting rid of LieTTE.If anyone talks against his security cost, he or she should be the worst human being who will not care for his or her own parents.
das Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:23 PM
Good. They will look silly when no one wants to murder them..
daya weerasinghe Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:24 PM
this is what you call protecting the corrupt. !
ananda Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:47 PM
Give them Aven Guard security. via DM Android App
Dan Friday, 08 April 2016 01:09 AM
You must be a disappointed LTTE supporter.... .
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