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We didn’t have enough soldiers to control rioters: Brigadier tells PCoI

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The Army officers who were available in the camp were insufficient to handle the Anti-muslim riots in the North-western Province on May 12, 2019, after the Easter Sunday terror attacks, Brigadier Priyantha Dissanayake, who is in charge of the 143 brigades in North Western Province yesterday informed the PCOI probing Easter Sunday attacks.

Testifying before the Commission Brigadier Dissanayake said that there were only 600 soldiers under him to provide security for 7,888 square kilometres and it was impossible.

“We provided security for religious places and we asked Police to assist us. The two battalions of the 143 brigade were deployed to several areas but it was not enough to handle unrest,” he said.

The witness informed the Commission on 12 May 2019, Commander of the 16th battalion of the Gajaba Regiment in Puttalam informed him that a Muslim owned shop had been attacked in Chilaw. (YOSHITHA PERERA)

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  • BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 08 December 2020 09:02 AM

    But you had enough to slaughter the Tamils during the war? It depends on the purpose right?

    Asanka Tuesday, 08 December 2020 07:14 PM

    Very true! But I don't think the majority wants to hear the truth

    Sinhala Kolla Tuesday, 08 December 2020 02:09 PM

    @Buffaloa Citizen, it was to fight against the murderous lunatics the FBI identified as the world's worst terror group. People such as you who represent

    Buddhist Tuesday, 08 December 2020 07:17 PM

    Head of armed forces Gota FAIL!


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