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Govt. has broken backbone of Police: UNP

6 May 2013 12:24 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The government has broken the backbone of the Police Department, the UNP claimed yesterday, responding to a statement made by Western Province (North) DIG Vass Gunawardene recently.

“Politicians of this government keep frequently attacking police officers and damaging the independency of the Police Department,” Opposition Leader of the Western Provincial Council Manju Sri Arangala said.

DIG Vass Gunawardene had said, those officers who did not possess a backbone should leave the Department, and had instructed the officers to be always armed when on a mission, as some policemen were assaulted by certain groups recently.

“It was clearly the government politicians that attacked the police officers. We were informed that some junior police officers were assaulted by politicians over a verbal altercation, when trying to search a vehicle,” Mr. Arangala said.

Even in the case of minor incidents police officers had to go against the law and support politicians, as the officers’ careers were at stake, he said.  

He further said, recently some members of the public and political groups had also confronted the police on certain investigations.

“The public fears and senses political interference because investigations in certain cases were slow,” he said.

Speaking at the news conference UNP MP Gayantha Karunatilake said the government should win an Oscar award for its talented dramatic skills. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 14

  • brownwardhana Monday, 06 May 2013 02:20 PM

    and you understand that only now?

    vsh Monday, 06 May 2013 02:30 PM

    so that's why police need officers with back born as he mentioned

    MayIwin Silva Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:51 AM

    At the time of recruitment the government removes the back bones of all officers, some fortunate to be escaped.

    Chris Tuesday, 07 May 2013 01:12 AM

    Why forgot the UNP? Government has not only broken the backbone of UNP but it has broken it up to several pieces.

    Prasanna Tuesday, 07 May 2013 03:50 AM

    And what about the oppositions's ? Do they have one ?

    CW Tuesday, 07 May 2013 03:58 AM

    UNPers have very short memories. What about all island JP positions given to IRCs.

    nicky karunarathnara Tuesday, 07 May 2013 04:01 AM

    Not only police mate even the backbone of the opposition. One might say - opposition didn't have a backbone to break. Okay, he may be right too.

    Emmanuel Philip Tuesday, 07 May 2013 04:57 AM

    Can you promise all of us that if andwhenever Ranil and you come to power the police will not be made men who supply people of ill repute like they are now.? PROMISE US PLEASE.

    Kondebedapucheena Tuesday, 07 May 2013 05:28 AM

    it is start to happen in 1977

    Dhammaloka Tuesday, 07 May 2013 06:30 AM

    Oh God, People are clever.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:47 AM

    Well, the new recruits to the Police force are not supposed to have anything like chest, height and even the backbone. They are just expected to the pliable to do as the political masters dictate. So, what backbones?

    CHOGM Tuesday, 07 May 2013 11:00 AM

    May be its true we will not deny. However do not forget when UNP was in power how did you allow 600 policemen to be killed by LTTE in cold blood.What do you say for this backbone is broken for ever or does not take any responsibility and accountability.Please be careful before you point fingers at others.

    crox Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:11 PM

    Who gave the killer of 600 Police men , a Minister Post and a Vice President Post Of a Political party. CROX

    Warna Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:49 PM

    The government has broken the backbone of the opposition. Now there is no opposition party in Sri Lanka.

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