Dinesh wants MR's security strengthened

2017-12-08 16:42:40

Joint opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane today requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to strengthen former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's security considering the security threat to his life when participating at JO election rallies for the LG elections.

He told parliament that the security forces were finding it difficult to prevent people from entering high security zones and maintaining no-go areas at the rallies which would be attended by Mr. Rajapaksa.

The MP said the government and the security forces should understand this situation and take steps to provide an higher level of security with more back-up vehicles.

The Prime Minister said security had been provided to former presidents Rajapaksa and Chandrika Kumaratunge based on threat assessment reports submitted by the intelligence units.

He said Mr. Rajapaksa's security detail consisted of 154 security personnel including an ASP, a Chief Inspector, nine IPs, 14 SIs and 31 police sergeants.

The Prime Minister said Ms. Kumaratunge had been provided with only 61 security personnel while Mr. Rajapaksa had been provided with more security after considering the threat assessment on his life.

He said no formal request had been made to the Law and Order Ministry regarding his security and it could be considered if such a request was made.

The MP said it would be important if the previously reduced security detail would be restored during the election period. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 28

  • Man Friday, 8 December 2017 16:59

    Why more than Chandrika and why if he is popular and fought the war, by himself, as a hero? Ridiculous.

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    Sec. Expert Saturday, 9 December 2017 07:28

    Is he getting cold feet due to a threat from the dead tigers!? Perhaps he could be given more Secs. !!!

    Reply : 0       10

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 8 December 2017 17:07

    Gradually and surely I feel this fellow has all the qualities and destiny of being a 3-wheel driver but unluckily ended up as a parliamentarian.

    Reply : 5       45

    Wildaku Friday, 8 December 2017 17:17

    Come on Dinesh... why can't you help us and give your boss some of your guys??? Because you dont care about Sri Lanka... only about getting power...

    Reply : 2       37

    Alif Friday, 8 December 2017 17:34

    Totally it's a utter waste of public money to provide hundreds of securities for past politicians Why do politicians feel the threat to their life's if they are really GENUINE All security for all politicians should be removed this could save the Government millions or maybe billions of money wasted Why can't a politician move about like an ordinary civilian

    Reply : 2       33

    LRDA Friday, 8 December 2017 17:43

    Why should the people pay for him to sabotage and create problems for the people just because he's hungry for power? After all the security cost also has to be borne by the public.

    Reply : 0       31

    De Silva Friday, 8 December 2017 18:01

    What for? Even 154 already given is too much

    Reply : 0       31

    Power hunbgry Friday, 8 December 2017 18:09

    why he is bow for big thieves.. still he want to steal after coming to the power?

    Reply : 0       28

    We pay your tax Friday, 8 December 2017 18:23

    Thieve needs thieves to steal.. Then only easy for all. Enough is enough.. could please leave this country people to at least to live peacefully Dinesh? Politics will not fill peoples stomach and its boring, people are totally fed up with this. You have got works to do at home office, kindly following without talking about the politics ... whatever already stolen is enough by the culprits ... no need anymore and do not put the tax on the people

    Reply : 0       15

    damithw Friday, 8 December 2017 18:43

    who is paying for this 154 people... ?

    Reply : 0       16

    solaman Friday, 8 December 2017 18:48

    and with our (public) tax money

    Reply : 0       14

    Dhammika Friday, 8 December 2017 18:49

    Qnly practical reason I see is " PROTECT THE MONEY STOLEN AND LOOTED ¨ So needs additional security .

    Reply : 0       14

    Kadiya Friday, 8 December 2017 19:02

    All tactics to show the people that the importance of the Big Boss!!!

    Reply : 0       11

    strong citizen Friday, 8 December 2017 19:20

    Denash is talking BULL SHIT why security to be strengthen only MR how about Chandrika MR is a normal MP now if he wants to keep his respect has a old President he should be MP Dinesh,He is only a MP UNDERSTAND

    Reply : 0       14

    Charlesnj Friday, 8 December 2017 19:25

    Let those who need MR to survive politically and the power hungry JO provide the additional security if they are so concerned.

    Reply : 0       12

    Park Friday, 8 December 2017 19:33

    Every person should be treated as per that person's standing today and not what that person was in the past. If we are to treat a person taking into account past status then we have to rethink and then decide on how we treat those who held positions in the past, example retired Judges and MPs'. Today Mahinda Rajapakse is only an MP. Tax payers money should not be wasted on providing him additional security than what an MP deserves.

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    dweebaddage Friday, 8 December 2017 19:51

    Mr.Man yes because he went to pamankada .. and madawachchiya .. also he opened lots of develepment work done by the CBK . so he was not a target by ppl who does like to good country here. LOL

    Reply : 1       5

    M O Daya Saturday, 9 December 2017 07:37

    Dweebaddage, so much of development after Pamankada and medawachchiya. Mattala airport with revenue of billions, Hambantota port, sale of colombo port to China, debt free country.

    Reply : 2       2

    lion Saturday, 9 December 2017 04:16

    modern day slave of MR

    Reply : 0       7

    Ram Saturday, 9 December 2017 06:03

    If MR can cycle on a public road taht is proof that he is safe. Why provide security off public purse

    Reply : 0       8

    M.O.Daya Saturday, 9 December 2017 07:18

    Dinesh, Remember, the most powerful person in the LTTE was and still is Karuna. MR was and will never be a target of the LTTE because his realtionship was Karuna is not a secret. SLFP Vice President!!!

    Reply : 0       9

    Ronnie Bugger Saturday, 9 December 2017 07:50

    Speak for yourself without being a torch bearer and boot licker to MR

    Reply : 0       7

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 9 December 2017 09:59

    In Germany not even all 14 Ministers together have 154 security personnel.Why does MR need security personnel at all? According to the "JO" the whole population loves him.

    Reply : 0       3

    voter Saturday, 9 December 2017 11:37

    The security provided as per the norms is for ex presidents to enjoy life in retirement. But if in their greediness they intend contesting then they should never be allocated additional security.

    Reply : 0       2

    karsha Saturday, 9 December 2017 11:40

    a spence force. he wants to be in the limelight. forget him

    Reply : 0       2

    tilak Saturday, 9 December 2017 12:17

    if MR is so scared, then all this boast of having got freedom for the country and liberated the people story is nonsense.Please stay in doors if you are a coward.Why do the people have to bear the burden of cost of security for this lunatic to come back and blunder what little is left.

    Reply : 0       3

    Labby Saturday, 9 December 2017 18:08

    Why isn't this request coming from Mr Rajapakse himself?

    Reply : 0       3

    Kadiya Sunday, 10 December 2017 18:53

    Because Dinesh is holding the candle!!!!!

    Reply : 0       0

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