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Amid allegations of increased criminal activities by thugs backed by politicians, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to use army personnel to keep a tab on such activities.

“Personal feuds have led to political rivalries, which in turn end up jeopardising law and order. The tragic events at Mulleriyawa have underlined the need to get tough with certain VIPs. They will be given new guidelines on the number of security personnel and vehicles that will comprise their security detail and the number of weapons to be carried,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.

“The army will be deployed to check whether these guidelines are being followed and those who fail to do so will be duly dealt with irrespective of their status.” He said since independence criminals had made it a habit to back politicians belonging to the party in office and this had happened even at the time the United National Party (UNP) was in office. “Gullible politicians fell for them. We have busted the Maligawatte underworld which was there for decades and we will do the same with Kolonnawa as well,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.

He said people elected politicians to office and as such the politicians had a responsibility to help maintain law and order. Mr. Rajapaksa said the tendency to re-elect politicians who patronised criminals hampered efforts to maintain law and order.
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  • Dee Wednesday, 12 October 2011 04:06 AM

    We respect you sir, because you were not aware of these incidents happening in the middle of colombo. we are sure you can put a halt to this

    Sadeva Wednesday, 12 October 2011 04:51 AM

    Very good decision sir,Thugs should be eradicated from our country.

    Farouk Wednesday, 12 October 2011 05:26 AM

    Colonel Gotabaya is the man for the job. MR should entrust him with maintaining DISCIPLINE in all sectors.
    Best wishes to MR, BR and GR.

    SLFPer Wednesday, 12 October 2011 06:24 AM

    Unfortunalely a crack has appeared in our party. Thats what happened in Kolonnawa. If you have realised the mistake thats great thoughnthe harm is laready done

    Tony Tuesday, 11 October 2011 09:16 AM

    Well Done Sir, and we all have confidence in you!

    Duglas Tuesday, 11 October 2011 09:28 AM

    good job keep on continue

    Miracle of Asia Tuesday, 11 October 2011 05:41 AM

    Bravo Secretary of Defense. Someone should definitely take the initiative. I am very glad it is coming from you. 'Cos you are one of the few who fulfill the promises.

    Wish you all the best to clean this thugs.

    Andy Tuesday, 11 October 2011 05:52 AM

    Oh yeah... this is a good one

    Fayad Tuesday, 11 October 2011 05:58 AM

    Very good move sir, some pretend that they are MSD. people have trust on you, do not disappoint the masses.

    ajith Tuesday, 11 October 2011 06:04 AM

    Good move at last he admit that the so called VIP politicians have deployed thugs for thuggery.So one might question whether they deserved to call as Very important people????
    I see them as very notorious thugs!!!!!!!!.

    lal Tuesday, 11 October 2011 06:02 AM

    Agree. End this political thuggery straightaway, please. Defence secretary is the best man for the job.


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