Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today informed parliament that he instructed the relevant authorities to look into the media report that some underworld figures were protected by a senior minister and assured to submit in parliament about the incident.
He said he directed the officials to find more information on the matter from police officials based on the newspaper article.
Responding to a question raised by joint opposition MP Padma Udayashantha Gunasekara, the Premier said the joint opposition had no right to talk about it as they nurtured underworld, rapists and fraudsters during their time.
Meanwhile, responding to a question raised by MP Gunasekara, Law and Order Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said the ‘Ava’ criminal gang was not a terrorist organisation operating in the North as rumoured in the South and that it had not committed any murder or inflicted serious injuries to anyone.
He said Ava group was operated by some youngsters who were influenced by violent scenes in Tamil films.
"I and the subject minister made an inspection tour in the North recently. We realised that Ava group was not a terrorist group involved in any murder or terrorists acts as known by the people in the South. They are a group of youth below the age of 18 and was influenced by the violent scenes in South Indian Tamil films," he said.
He said a programme would be launched to rehabilitate and reunite the youth with their parents. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)
Unchikun Tuesday, 17 July 2018 21:16
Hey man, so you have not appointed one your commissions?
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Brainmaster Tuesday, 17 July 2018 21:32
yes Hon. PM get us the identity of this MP via DM Android App
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Haramanis Tuesday, 17 July 2018 21:32
Appoint a commission
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Jaffna Logic Tuesday, 17 July 2018 21:33
It is extraordinary that a Prime Minister has to hear about a vital Police information not from them but from the media.Police have no authority to brief the media with any sensitive information regarding any ongoing investigation before anyone is charged.This Police unit which can’t be neutral in this investigation must be removed,and the CID should take over.
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Summa Tuesday, 17 July 2018 23:09
Another eyewash. Why no commission this time. Shameless leeches, ALL.
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Citizen Tuesday, 17 July 2018 23:31
PM 's. action on the matter sounds very lukewarm.We expected him to show anger and call for an immediate report from the IGP.
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Saman Tuesday, 17 July 2018 23:57
Why ?.. to give him more portfolios ?
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Lal Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:34
Make the name public. If you can't then send the STF to finish the gangsters while meeting the minister
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Padmaperuma Wednesday, 18 July 2018 01:49
Mr Prime Minister have you forgotten who nurtured underworld when you were the minister of education? It was no secret that some underworld gang leaders had more authority than ministers. I can name a few but no need because people of my age know who they were.
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Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 18 July 2018 05:07
What are open secrets and how can they be made more open and public? As for 'Ava', let them be rehabilitated, not tamed.
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ANTON Wednesday, 18 July 2018 06:09
.............. AND SENIOR MINISTERS ARE PROTECTING BIG THIEVES.
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Dhammika Wednesday, 18 July 2018 06:36
Lets SEE what action as PM you will take against the underworld associated Minister ! .
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Harini Wednesday, 18 July 2018 06:45
He is the Prime Minister, you'd think he would be able to get information on what is going on with his own ministers without hearing about it from a newspaper! Come on! And actually Hon. PM, it is EXACTLY the job of the JO to hold the government to account in parliament. That is what they are there for. They have every right to question you as do we the people because THEY are not in power, your government is.
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