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Kataragama shooting -- Sagala pulls up Police Chief

23 January 2018 09:15 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka is reported to have taken Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara to task in connection with the incident where a youth was allegedly shot dead by a police constable in Kataragama.

At a meeting on Monday the minister is said to have spoken harshly to the Police Chief about Police negligence in the presence of Ministry Secretary Padmasiri Jayamanna.

The minister had directed the IGP to investigate this matter himself and to give him a full report about what had taken place.

He is reported to have told the IGP that the people's protectors must not turn to be predators, because such incidents could breach the people’s trust in the police.

Meanwhile, in a tweet the minister said the Kataragama incident where a youth had lost his life was not an isolated case.

“The Kataragama incident is not an isolated one. This stems from the lack of training and professionalism. Failure to address core issues diligently, will throw us into similar situations time and again. So, drastic reforms will soon be introduced to the Police with the help of foreign experts,” it said.

In a different tweet he said the Police themselves are subjected to the law.

“Police themselves are subjected to law. When quelling a tense situation or an unruly demonstration, justifiable force should be used, in strict adherence to operating guidelines. It appears to be that these fundamentals have not been followed in relation to the Kataragama incident,” he added.

The ministry had also decided to closely monitor police behaviour to prevent such tragic accidents in future. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 12

  • Brainmaster Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:40 PM

    Hon. Minister what do you expect from the police To combat the criminality Everybody knows that we have to stop when the police asks to do so. Their action is justified. Sadly it cost a life but the main fault is with the cycle rider. via DM Android App

    Kumara Wednesday, 24 January 2018 04:13 PM

    No shoot to kill.

    Ceylon Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:56 PM

    If its not isolated why not took actions for previous murders by un civilise policemensuch as ambilipitiya killer asp,insulting good policemen in.police.

    Dharmasena Tuesday, 23 January 2018 10:01 PM

    Minister: You have to do it literally to knock some sense into the IGP

    Isaac Tuesday, 23 January 2018 10:02 PM

    When you use him for political canvassing in Vavuniya he would do whatever he wishes

    Upul Tuesday, 23 January 2018 10:38 PM

    It looks as if IGP's meditation program to his department has not worked or the meditation program has worked in the reverse direction.

    FT Wednesday, 24 January 2018 12:20 AM

    For the first time in the post independence history of Sri Lanka a minister has challenged an IGP for the brutality of the Police.

    Ram Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:39 AM

    This could be another NATO case. No Action Talk Only

    Ranjitdea Wednesday, 24 January 2018 04:15 AM

    In a similar fashion two youth in the North were killed by a policeman.Had you taken preventive action at that stage this would not have happened

    lion Wednesday, 24 January 2018 05:05 AM

    Mr minister we feel pity for you since you cant do any thing against this man. He is being guarded by the most powerful man whom you all brought to the top stage. He is paying the police man for arranging to get a way for his son who was involved in a brawl at a restaurant in Colombo some time back.

    dhammi Wednesday, 24 January 2018 12:56 PM

    People have used to blame the police all the time. But there could be something behind all the incidents. Why don't people see the service being rendered by them.

    Nestle Thursday, 25 January 2018 07:05 AM

    This Government is hell bent in getting advice from foreign experts while ignoring the sensible and practical advice given by the local experts.It appears to me that the I.G is being used as a political football.


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