STF has a major role in countering extremism: Defence Secretary

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Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said the Special Task Force (STF) has a major role to play in countering extremism and organised crimes, including drug mafia.

According to, the defence secretary expressed these views while addressing the STF troops during his maiden visit to STF headquarters since he assumed duties as the Defence Secretary.

Maj. Gen. Gunaratne commended the contribution given by the STF in maintaining national security and said the STF had consistently proved its talents and professionalism in counter-terrorism and busting drug trafficking.

The Defence Secretary said the STF, which is the elite force of the Police, would be in high demand not only as a law enforcement authority but also as a trained force in fighting against organised crimes.

The Defence Secretary was accompanied by the Acting IGP C.D Wickramaratne was received by the Commandant of the Special Task Force Senior DIG Lionel Gunathilake and was subsequently presented with a guard of honour.

Maj. Gen (Retd) Gunaratne’s visit to STF headquarters is the first visit made by an official in his capacity in the recent times, the website said.

Expressing his gratitude to over 700 STF personnel, who suffered severe injuries during the war against LTTE terrorism, he said the STF had kept a remarkable stride in Sri Lanka’s 30-year long war fighting with LTTE terrorism, in which many heroic men and women of the STF had sacrificed with their lives and limbs.

The Defence Secretary, who recalled his three-decade long experience as a decorated military officer, said the STF troops were specially trained soldiers who had demonstrated their professionalism as an elite force during the war and also pronounced their lethality and efficiency in the ongoing fight against drugs and narcotics.

Maj.Gen. Gunaratne also highlighted the importance of uniting all intelligence agencies, which worked in isolation during the last regime, under the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to revive the network to maintain the national security.

He expressed his gratitude to late Ravi Jayewardene who was instrumental in founding the STF back in 1984.

  Comments - 5

  • Buddhist Saturday, 30 May 2020 06:59 PM

    Extremism under the present govt is more from the Sinhala majority than the Tamil or Muslim society. Will STF take action against extreme Sinhala extremists?

    Raz Sunday, 31 May 2020 03:28 AM

    There is no extremism Mr unqualified defence secretary!! You wanted it to b so ! You wish that so GR and MR can thrive !! So you can create a fear among people which will work for the agenda of your masterS !!

    rama Sunday, 31 May 2020 05:41 AM

    likewise, Tamils around the world has major role in countering war criminals inside and outside Sri Lanka

    U ali Sunday, 31 May 2020 06:48 AM

    Basically people of the country is happy about the service you officials are trying to do,and even they have gone a step further to suggest this system is better than parliamentary system,but unlawful incidents in Thonda's funeral seems be damaging that good name you have earned I

    Nilantha Sunday, 31 May 2020 07:40 AM

    You all need to be more proactive to avoid shooting like moratuwa., Marissa yesterday and day before yesterday and must take more and more action to wipe out drugs and illishit liquor from this country...please take action rather than talking over media

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