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Clashes in Gintota -- I don't agree with IGP's statement: Sagala

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Responding to a question asked in Parliament by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said today he was unable to agree with the IGP's statement that the police had failed to stop the violence that erupted at Gintota recently.

"I don't know whether the IGP made such a statement, but if he did we cannot agree with it. The police and the security forces acted with responsibility to bring the situation in Gintota under control," the minister said.

He said as a long-term measure, an inter-religious committee would be set up in the area to maintain peace and harmony among all the ethnic and religious groups in Gintota.

Meanwhile, Mr. Dissanayake condemned the government's move to downsize the presence of security personnel in the area, at a time when it had been disclosed that a certain political group was attempting to create trouble by spreading hatred among ethnic and religious groups.

The minister said the security measures were eased because the ground situation in Gintota had improved. He said statements had been recorded from more than 134 people on the recent violence in Gintota and that arrangements had been made to provide relief to those who were affected by the clashes. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • ceylon Tuesday, 05 December 2017 08:57 PM

    igp correct.all failed.thats why billions of damages done by criminals. via DM Android App

    FOOL Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:46 AM

    SAGALA - Take your tie and coat out - wear a police uniform - and take over IGPs work. - please dont confirm (our estimation) that you are a total fool.

    LOGGERHEAD Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:02 PM

    SOMETIMES. THE. TRUTH. IS BITTER. FOR SOME PEOPLE. WHO. THINKS. WHO. KNOWS. BETTER THAN. THE POLICE. OFFICERS. via DM Android App

    Nestley Meerwald Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:41 AM

    Surely, the I.G is in a better position to make such a statement. Politicians want the public to know their views which is far from the truth.

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:14 AM

    This so-called nincompoop of a law and order minister is simply bragging after the event and from behind the scene.and has the gall to say he did not know If the IGP confessed that the Police had failed, in the same breath. Well, if he did not know he should keep his mouth shut. At least the IGP has the guts to say so while this good for nothing minister is trying hide himself behind a smoke screen.

    Freddy Yong Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:19 AM

    Aiyo, this law and order guy simply looks like a pansy. Will never fill the shoes of a real real person who can teach the underworld a thing or two abut law and order.

    Leo Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:21 AM

    Will flood the patient with statements as LG polls are in the horizon. Not that they stand a chance any way.

    voter Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:24 AM

    Another one of the spineless ministers who doesn't want to hear the truth and face the reality.

    sobers Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:59 AM

    IGP has spoken the truth whereas the Minister trying to cover or protect the culprits like what former President Mahinda and Gota did in Aluthgama. remember hatred and religious riots will only further aggravate our countries status internationaly. We are living on foreign aid and help. We wouldn't survive even one month without imports on fuel, essential commodities, drugs etc... Politicians should avoid insitigating racism.

    nick Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:22 AM

    Sagala is not fit for this portfolio he should be given something very soft like agriculture...this post must be given to SF or someone with the backbone via DM Android App

    Sanju Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:05 AM

    Sagala is such a waste of time. Only there because of his entanglement with the big man.

    This-MAn z playboy Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:04 PM

    One of the useless fellow who has done nothing in law and order. Finally he knows to save his ass only by passing the ball here and there. Dont know why PM has kept him in this ministerial portfolio

    Good go with No 9 work Wednesday, 06 December 2017 01:39 PM

    Oh Really ...?

    Arnold Wednesday, 06 December 2017 03:28 PM

    There are still a few people spreading racism and extreme hate over social media. They should be put away, so that we could have long lasting peace.


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