Video: IGP responsible for DIG's actions:SF

Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka said today the Police Chief N.K. Illangakone should take responsibility for the conduct of his subordinates including the high ranking police officers who are alleged to have been involved in killing several Sri Lankans.

Video by Sanath Desmond

“If the Police Chief is doing his job properly this sort of thing can’t happen. The fact that a DIG had allegedly committed such crimes speaks volumes of the administrative problems faced within the department and therefore the Police Chief has to take direct responsibility for what’s happening,” he said.

The war hero and veteran soldier said the Police Chief should not pander to politicians and their whims and fancies which is evident in the current scenario.

“The Police Chief should not pamper politicians so as to safeguard his job. If that’s what he is doing then he is an unsuccessful as a Police Chief and has failed in his duty to the people.  We urge him to take action against other senior officers who also might be involved in such crimes” Mr. Fonseka said.

He said he feared that DIG Vaas Gunawardena would also be made a state witness and thus be allowed to get off scot free.

“We have seen how extortionists, murderers and other criminals have been set free and I fear this might also happen in this case. The arrested DIG is a close confidant of a top defense official and this is why he was appointed DIG despite his questionable record,” he said.  By Sanath Desmond

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