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By Amreen Ameen


The police have warned that they will be compelled to shoot on sight if any group or individual ignores the law and attempts to incite violence during the Presidential elections.


Senior DIG of the police elections unit Gamini Navaratna, speaking to Daily Mirror online, said that the police are empowered to implement the law under the Presidential elections act of 1981.


He said that at first the police will issue a warning to anyone attempting to create violence including damaging property at a polling booth and if the warning is not respected then the police have orders to open fire.


The DIG also said there are no immediate plans to have a police curfew during the elections as, according to him, they do not expect any serious mass scale incidents to break out.

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  • Saturday, 23 January 2010 05:48 PM

    Will you take action on 'anyone' we mean 'anyone' ? then you better wake up soon.because its allready happening.

    Saturday, 23 January 2010 06:03 PM

    Sure Police Miss The Target !.

    Saturday, 23 January 2010 06:06 PM

    Will this be the same for both sides?

    Saturday, 23 January 2010 06:54 PM

    joke of the year

    Saturday, 23 January 2010 07:10 PM

    Finally, the most wise decision by the government. Look at what has happened to Tiran Alles place ( by the way who is Tiran Alles, and why someone wants to attack Mangala’s friend ). SF will do lot of drama with his deserters, grenade attacks to his own gang , or maybe his own vehicle for that matter , they are in desperate situation and they’ll do anything to get power … end of the day SF is ruthless Army General ,

    Saturday, 23 January 2010 07:12 PM

    Thats better,but gotta make sure that this move applies for both SF and MR...not only for SF supporters..

    Saturday, 23 January 2010 07:14 PM

    Sri Lankan police is corrupted to the core.They are not going to shoot or take any action against marauding government goons.

    Saturday, 23 January 2010 10:11 PM

    Dear Mr. IGP. In the interests of true democracy , kindly instruct your men to have a close watch on those who initiated , and those who instigated criminal elements to create trouble in the recent past, and take immediate appropriate action .

    Saturday, 23 January 2010 10:36 PM

    Can the IGP/DIG and his henchmen walk the talk?

    Sunday, 24 January 2010 12:43 AM

    Excellent. Hope this rule applies to the entire country including Kiribathgoda & Kelaniya.

    Sunday, 24 January 2010 01:42 AM

    I wonder who will in fact be shot!

    Sunday, 24 January 2010 02:13 AM

    This shows, how un civilized Sri Lankan politicians and democracy

    Sunday, 24 January 2010 02:31 AM

    Finally police are emboldened with courage of action. Is this a self activated boldness or there is someone behind them pushing and driving to do the job according to the advantage of the man behind the scene.

    Sunday, 24 January 2010 04:25 AM

    Does this apply to all trouble makers or only to opposition supporters ?

    Sunday, 24 January 2010 06:14 AM

    Shoot em all !


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