Controversy over transfer

By Jamila Najmuddin

Controversy surrounds the transfer of a solider who saluted the wife of General Sarath Fonseka, Anoma Fonseka when she visited Parliament Grounds last week with the military denying reports that the soldier was transferred over the salute.

On the facebook page of General Sarath Fonseka, it is alleged that the solider who saluted Anoma Fonseka while she visited the Grounds to pay respect to the military tomb, was transferred by the Defence Ministry after it grabbed their attention when a photograph showing the solider’s salute was captured and highlighted in the local media.

It is alleged that the salute had angered top Defence Ministry officials due to which the soldier was immediately assigned to another district.

However Military Spokesperson Major General Prasad Samarasingha, while confirming to Daily Mirror online that the solider had been transferred, said that it was a part of a routine army transfer and had no connection with the salute.

“We are least bothered about the salute and not once have we checked the story. In the army, soliders get transferred as it is a part of their routine. Whoever these people are, who say that the solider was transferred because of the salute, have a very low mentality,” Major General Samarasingha said.

The Military Spokesperson added that the allegations on the General’s facebook page were just a ‘publicity gimmick’ and reiterated that the solider had only faced a routine change. (Daily Mirror online)

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