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An angry crowd of more than 1,000 today burnt tyres and staged a protest in the Habaraduwa Town over the transfer of Habaraduwa Police OIC A.B. Welagedara, who they said had taken steps to reduce crime and illegal activities in the area.

The protesters obstructed traffic on the Galle–Matara main road and shouted slogans against the authorities who they said had victimised an honest police officer who campaigned against illegal activities and arrested the culprits.
The people said the crime rate in the area had declined after the OIC assumed duties. They said a prominent politician in the area was behind the arbitrary transfer of the police officer.

A large number of policemen were deployed to maintain law and order and prevent any violence. The protesters dispersed after Galle District DIG Hector Dharmasiri assured them he would consider the cancellation of the transfer after consulting the relevant authorities. (D.G. Sugathapala and Sajeewa Wijeweera)

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  • Herby Padmaperuma. Saturday, 24 December 2011 06:51 PM

    Uneducted politicians are a ccancerous curse to the society.. The Officer would never have refused to carry out a request of a powerful Poloicician, who usually gives orders through his telephone, uness it was an utterillegal one. People normally rejoice the transfer of some Policemen, who are downright stooges of Poiticians, who carry out their pimpy orders.The piublic to express this way represent their true grievence at the losing of genuie Top Cop.Dig Dharmasiri, has acted inteligently and must now continue to act WISELY AND DAUNTLESSLY.

    People Power Saturday, 24 December 2011 01:48 AM

    Jolly good!. Shows that people are learning to rise up against fraud and mismanagement. Jayawewa!!!.

    jamaldeen Saturday, 24 December 2011 06:25 AM

    Law and order is not for the Police, thats why he was transferred.


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