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Army refutes allegations, denounces heist

25 August 2013 12:49 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


While deploring the fact that some parties were trying to implicate the Army in the alleged robbery that took place at the Bambalapitiya residence of a senior journalist, the Army said today one Army deserter and another awaiting discharge from service were members of the alleged gang of thieves.   

“Some statements/reports have even attempted to portray this as an attack on the media. This is far from the truth and we refute all such allegations. The Sri Lanka Army does not approve of any crime and particularly we regret this incident in which a senior journalist has suffered at the hands of a gang of thieves,” Army Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said in a statement today.

The spokesman said one of the suspects was identified as Private Soldier K. P. Chamara Kumara of Weralupitiya, Avissawella. “This soldier was arrested whilst in service in September 2009 for theft.  After a summary trial according to the Army Act he was awarded 90 days detention on October 6 and whilst being held in detention at his Regimental Centre to be handed over to the Panagoda Detention Barracks (an Army correctional facility administered by the Military Police) he escaped from detention and deserted on October 8, 2009.  On May 24, 2010 he surrendered. 

After due disciplinary procedure he was awarded 90 days detention in July 2010 and was detained at Panagoda Detention Barracks.  Upon completion of the period of detention he was handed over to the Regimental Centre on September 9, 2010 and on October 6 2010 he became absent without leave and was later declared a deserter.  On June 25, 2013 Hungama Police arrested this deserting soldier and he was handed over to his Regiment on July 9, 2013. 

Upon a summary trial it was decided to discharge the soldier from service as per due procedure and he was temporarily discharged (such temporary discharge is instituted until clearance from all Army establishments is obtained) from July 15, 2013 to August 20, 2013. The second soldier, identified as Rifleman AsankaUbeysiri, had joined the Army on March 6, 2009 and deserted the service on May 25, 2010.  Since then he has never been reported or arrested until this incident.

Police are conducting investigations and there is no doubt the truth would be revealed in due course,” he added.

  Comments - 11

  • Nihal Amarasekera Sunday, 25 August 2013 02:11 PM

    Pretty timely with Pillay in town. By design or by plain chance.

    Ratawasiya Sunday, 25 August 2013 02:15 PM

    The cat is out of the bag. No explanation can cover it.

    MagodisThuma Sunday, 25 August 2013 02:46 PM

    Now Army has taken over the laundry work !

    MagodisThuma Sunday, 25 August 2013 02:47 PM

    Yes it's a rob a file !

    MagodisThuma Sunday, 25 August 2013 02:58 PM

    Washing Machine...Made In Army...!

    Viewer Sunday, 25 August 2013 03:12 PM

    Army has to refute allegations and denounce heist. What a pathetic situation.

    Aney Apochchi Monday, 26 August 2013 12:25 AM

    By their fingerprints (on the file!) you will know them!

    sss Monday, 26 August 2013 01:15 AM

    august 20 - day of discharge??

    Goofy Monday, 26 August 2013 04:18 AM

    From what you say, it you like it is the garbage in society that join the army.

    ballo Monday, 26 August 2013 02:46 PM

    miracle of ASIA

    tony Monday, 26 August 2013 06:50 PM


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