Will not hesitate to use maximum force: Army Commander

14 May 2019 03:46 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In the wake of violence being reported in some areas, Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake in a hard-hitting statement said yesterday that the armed forces would not hesitate to use minimum or maximum force to stem any violence.

Here is the full text of his speech:

“After incidents occurred yesterday in the North Western Province, starting from Chilaw and spreading to Kuliyapitiya, Hettipola and other areas, we had to impose curfew last evening. There were incidents of youth involved in damaging and destroying property. So, I as Army Commander, request and at the same time warn anyone who has planned to destroy or dishonour the orders given by the government or the Armed Forces, that we will take stern action. I say again we will take stern action to apprehend, arrest and even open fire and use minimum or maximum powers given under emergency.

We will ensure that the country will not return to violence, including the violence of radicalisation and terrorists. Please ensure that you do not get involved in such illegal incidents or any such activities. The Armed Forces will not hesitate to use our powers to curb, curtail and contain the situation. The Armed Forces are strong enough to ensure there won’t be an escalation of violence in any part of the island. We have deployed the Army, Navy and Air Force to assist the police to maintain law and order. I humbly request the youth not to get involved in violence and get entangled with the Armed Forces where we are ready to use our powers.”

  Comments - 3

  • Jude Tuesday, 14 May 2019 06:49 AM

    My dear Commander!! ONLY solution is Military government !!! Why are you waiting for !??? Almost a month since Easter Sunday attack!, and NOW countywide Curfew !!! What difference it makes!??? No schools, No Church mass, No Mosques prayers and No Vesak celebrations for the first-time ever !!! Ain't the Country under Siege !!?? Wakeup !!!

    Jude Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:10 AM

    Hey Commander!!! There's No place for Politicians in SL aftermath of Easter Sunday attack !!! As you know the government didn't ACT on intelligence report thus didn't protect the people!!! Why allow Politicians to Run SL anymore!!! Non of the politicians deserve to hold public office in SL, Period !!

    Mahendra Tuesday, 14 May 2019 01:10 PM

    Democracy is important in the long run. Discipline depends on your words - please act under the Law to teach every citizen what it means to live in Peace.

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