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Armed forces personnel manning several main checkpoints in the Colombo City have been withdrawn with effect from today and replaced by the Police, Army Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said.

“Troops in eleven checkpoints located within the Colombo City limit have been withdrawn and the checkpoints were handed over to the police, as the security situation in Colombo has tremendously improved,” the spokesman said.

He also said steps would be taken to completely withdraw troops from all remaining check points in the City soon.
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  • BlindSide Saturday, 02 June 2012 05:59 PM

    We the ordinary citizens (sometimes labeled unpatriotic" have to thank the International community and the UNHRC resolution. Not to mention Uncle Sam who is the driving force. Thank You, Thank You.

    MD Saturday, 02 June 2012 07:57 PM

    Oh SL military is far better than the police. The frequency of people getting bribed will increase with the deployment of police.

    Hussain Saturday, 02 June 2012 08:30 PM

    No not the corrupt S/L Police? Its better that the army mann any of the check points. People have no faith in the S/L Police doing an equitable good job. S/L Police are known as 'Paga Mustangs"

    VICTOR Sunday, 03 June 2012 01:29 AM

    The credit go to TNA

    Saradial Saturday, 02 June 2012 12:04 PM

    Good but deploy STF at least

    M Raoof Sunday, 03 June 2012 03:04 AM

    Whatevr said, the presence of Army at checkpoints was definitely a deterrent against all types of crime, violence and even traffic offences. It is advisable to retain them. EMAR

    Imran Hussein Saturday, 02 June 2012 12:13 PM

    Now thats a positive move.
    People in colombo never bothered about the check points in any case. It was a must and people used to it though. North should be eased as well.

    Jamie Sunday, 03 June 2012 03:55 AM

    Better keep army as it is. Coz wherever police is, there is disaster, bribery, corruption and motor traffic.

    Peoples Sunday, 03 June 2012 04:27 AM

    keep the checkpoints only from 9 pm to 6 am when the criminal elements rule the roads.

    SAHDI Sunday, 03 June 2012 04:25 AM

    Is it IMF oder.........

    sean Sunday, 03 June 2012 04:37 AM

    Apo. iwarai. the police treat the public like dogs...

    roshan Sunday, 03 June 2012 04:47 AM

    most of the crimes from our thre forces

    Sanjay Sunday, 03 June 2012 05:01 AM

    Stop the check points and start random army patrols to prevent crime.

    Police have been put in there so that they can catch and harass people into fines for going through yellow lights or accuse them of drunk driving without any proof.

    tamara Saturday, 02 June 2012 12:46 PM

    this should happen in north first

    Sammy Saturday, 02 June 2012 01:14 PM

    The inconvenience of checkpoints for the road user is not going to change, whether its the army or the police unless there is a reduction. However, security concerns need to be considered.

    RAJU Saturday, 02 June 2012 01:29 PM

    WHATEVER CHANGES YOU MADE THE SECURITY HARRASMENT IS GOING TO BE THERE FOREVER.

    meranchi Saturday, 02 June 2012 01:57 PM

    very easy to escape 100 rupees more than enough...i

    union Saturday, 02 June 2012 02:12 PM

    Why not in north ad east?

    amal Saturday, 02 June 2012 02:20 PM

    Good but deploy army after 6PM.

    Noor Sunday, 03 June 2012 08:50 AM

    Still police is preferred, because, the Police is a civilian department, anything wrong they should only produce to the court. In Sri Lanka, we need keep the police in to that level only.

    Yehiya Saturday, 02 June 2012 02:50 PM

    Minor crimes, house break, Bus pickpoketers very high. Need more checkpoint in night, out of colombo.

    Nodrog Saturday, 02 June 2012 02:57 PM

    May as well not have check points if the Police are going to be manning them. They are the most unprofessional, corrupt and uncouth of all the forces.

    Fx Trader Saturday, 02 June 2012 03:00 PM

    Getting ready for the IMF money ?

    Dinithi Sunday, 03 June 2012 09:42 AM

    Unpatrotic is not the word applicable to you!!

    Nihal Sunday, 03 June 2012 09:45 AM

    I'll rather see the army than the police 'cos they don't have the looks.

    UpNorth Saturday, 02 June 2012 03:09 PM

    Yes Good. i would be pleased if the same thing happens to the North as well.

    senna Saturday, 02 June 2012 03:19 PM

    If this is due to conditions set by international lenders, expect more withdrawals

    Nodrog Sunday, 03 June 2012 11:25 AM

    Raju, if you're innocent you will be ok...nothing to worry about.

    Harry Sunday, 03 June 2012 11:40 AM

    check points or collection points ?

    dude Saturday, 02 June 2012 04:43 PM

    Oh NO, not the police, anyone but not them,


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