Inspector General of Police (IGP) N. K. Illangakoon assured today that the situation in Puttlam is now under control and normalising.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror he said that he instructed the police to continue with their routine duties, “We have not arrested any suspects so far,” he added.
The Army and the elite Special Task Force (STF) took control of the Puttlam town after violent clashes erupted on Sunday night which resulted in the death of a 23 year old Police Constable and injuring five civilians.
IGP Illangakoon was in Puttlam to discuss with police as to how the situation would be dealt with. He held a meeting with senior police and army officers in the area.
The army sent one company consisting of 120 troops. The law enforcement agencies warned that they will deal severely with those who spread rumours and attempt to provoke and mislead the public.
A number of statements were taken from people in the area but no arrests were made as the situation would have worsened if an arrest was made, the police said.
Eyewitnesses said the 23-year-old constable was on his way back to the station after traffic duty when he was severely assaulted by the angry mob in front of the Sathosa retail outlet.
On Sunday evening a tense situation took place in the Manalgunduwa area in Puttlam when at least five persons were injured during a shootout when the villagers ran amok when the police prevented them from catching a person who they thought was a ‘Grease Devil’. The unrest between civilians and the security forces spread to the Puttlam town following the shootout. (Supun Dias)
the MILLION RUPEE QUESTION " Why are the police in all the areas NOT letting the grease devils to be caught'? Is it an inside job? The police of different areas seem to be deployed b4 the grease devils hit the area. IT has happened last night in Panadura. A group of army personal had been dropped off and the villagers were suspicious and were watching the movements. The number plates of the vehicles that dropped them were from Matara... and later in the night the devil stuck....People need to be vigilant.
Banuka Tuesday, 23 August 2011 11:50 AM
However Don't let people to take the law in thier hand... Sadly young innocent policeman sacrified his life even though he was with all the necessary equipments to answer... My question if what if he happned to use his weapon.. Then the story would have been a different one..
mk Tuesday, 23 August 2011 11:53 AM
grease man like white van story police cant do anything just work for command
Yahiya-Doha Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:51 PM
IGP unable to do anythings.
abdul razzak Wednesday, 24 August 2011 04:30 AM
I plead to the government to take the right action if such greece devils are existing instead of punishing the people who has grabbed some sort of fear. Hope some sort of rights and democracy is still there in Sri Lanka.
Ashkar Tuesday, 23 August 2011 01:57 PM
Dear IGP, it has been noted where ever Grease Devil, police were there to protect them. what is the interest of the police on grease devil? WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS.
jamy Tuesday, 23 August 2011 02:54 PM
where is our police and security forces to give protection. they are sleeping o wht. security forces are the grease devils. the government is wel aware of this, not extend the emergency regulation another couple of months or some other secret things are behind this. The world is watching these silly issues in a stupid island nation and their foolish plans.
musthafa Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:01 AM
I would like IGP to tell the people, what are the root causes for this clash, almost all people living in the island with no fear after LTTE defeated, how come all of a sudden - this grease devil group created and people loose the trust on goverment and police, every one holidng meeting and finally they requesting public to forget about grease devil and do the day today activities, but next day we find the clash in another area, IGP must tell the truth and stop this kind of business.
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