Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mahinda Balasuriya has transferred the OIC of the Mattakuliya police station and his police officers pending an inquiry over the tense situation which arose in Mattakuliya since yesterday.
A statement from the Police Headquarters said that the Colombo North SSP and SP have also been transferred. The IGP says disciplinary action will be taken against the officers if it is proved that they acted against the law.
However speaking on National Television the IGP said it was wrong to blame the police over the incident and added that an attempt by a group to secure the release of the drug dealer resulted in the tense situation.
The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD), Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) are conducting separate inquiries into the incident.
Nearly 200 people have been questioned over the incident while 25 others have been arrested, IGP Balasuriya said. (SD)
Usually, transfers of this type take place to safeguard the police officers involved.
niluuka Monday, 05 July 2010 05:30 AM
Otherwise, what would be the 'IGP's Job?
citizen1 Sunday, 04 July 2010 03:25 PM
IGP needs to grow a spine and kick those officers out so they join the common man and know what it is to be subject to police brutality.
desa Monday, 05 July 2010 05:46 AM
if police is wrong to be blamed for creating this tense situation, then why transfer all these officers here and there. Take action against the so called 'group'.
Lal Medawatte Monday, 05 July 2010 06:55 AM
Although the Government ministers and spokespersons try to paint a polish picture about human rights in Sri Lanka this is another classic example to determine the true situation. The Sri Lankan police have been providing ample evidence to the world that Sri Lanka is a country that exist no human rights,law and order.
Janaka Monday, 05 July 2010 09:21 AM
Police and other government institutions treat people like dirt and have no respect. There are no codes how to address the officers and how officers should address the public. If you have connections everything is possible. President as a champion of human rights must bring on new laws to enshrine the respect and dignity to citizens. They have forgotten there mouths are fed by the tax payers money. I withness the corruption in Sri Lanka with my own eyes and ears. It sad pathetic and diplorable. Whole society is suffering a cancer.
The government answer to everything is dissapearring the culprits. You can not dissappear thugs and bring peace. You enforce law. Everybody is innocent until proven guilty. Treat even the thief with respect. That is the law of the country. I do not see under Mahinda this situation will ever improve.
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