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President firmly instructs IGP to curb underworld activities

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President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday admitted that there was truth in the allegations that the government had let underworld operations to rise, and said that he had given explicit instructions to Police Chief to take immediate action to give priority to control the underworld activities.

He said the Law and Order Ministry and the Police Department must take the full responsibility for this lapse and added that he should be informed if there was political pressure against taking action to control the underworld crimes.

"I have told IGP Pujith Jayasundara recently in firm words and instructed him to take swift action to curb these underworld activities. Those law enforcement authorities must act promptly to put an end to crimes and the underworld thuggery without any concern on the time taken to do that. If the government realizes that those establishments are weak and incompetent to take action against the underworld operatives, I have no option but to appoint someone else to do the job properly,” he stressed.

President Sirisena added that it was incomprehensible and surprising as to how the underworld thugs flee the country after committing serious crimes despite the fact that all boarder points, the police, the CID and BIA had been fed with comprehensive information on underworld criminals and of their families.

“I admit that there has been a steep rise of crimes committed involving the underworld criminals. Particulars of each and every criminal, his/her families, Passports numbers and other travel documents details and all other information have been fed in to computer network of law enforcement authorities and the airport.

What I cannot understand is that how these criminals manage to flee the country after committing a crime. Don’t these establishments have a list of criminals in their computer system? After they had left the country, the media raise cries that criminals or the underworld operatives had fled,” President Sirisena lamented. (Sandun A. Jayasekara)

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  • Kumar Friday, 01 June 2018 06:22 AM

    Police look impotent and its armed unit the STF is out of their depth. We have to bring in the Army to sort out the underworld

    Mahila Friday, 01 June 2018 06:35 AM

    Thanks Excellency for clarification. We now understand that all these days no decision was taken to act against the underworld activities and no firm order was given to the poor IGP to act, if so whose fault was that and why was the IGP appointed at public tax payers expense if that is the case

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Friday, 01 June 2018 06:42 AM

    Underworld and Drug dealers are in Politics, They are try to use their political powers to do their work, Two recent incidents, one is Potta Noufer was awarded in prison, Former Hang leader and politician was gun down in Ratmalana. His Excellency have to call all politicians and give strong warning in this regards. Otherwise no point.

    Samanmalee Friday, 01 June 2018 01:36 PM

    The biggest problem in srilanka is bribery and corruption. It's a virus that is destroying the country.Politicians in power use their positions to rob the country, they build up massive wealth and then use it to buy high ranking public officials.it's clear that a large number of politicians are associated with criminals. The criminals share their illgotten gains with politicians who in return use their friendly high ranking public officials to keep the criminals from being arrested and charged.When this gov came to power there is no way that they can bring the former gov to book. The Carlton house clan have built up so much money when they were in power that they can buy and sell ministers and high ranking public officials in the present regime.The whole system of politics and public service is rotten.

    Refaideen Friday, 01 June 2018 07:11 AM

    The underworld should be nipped in the butt. Your silence allowed them to rise their heads. Don’t cry foul now

    Nikan-Sena Friday, 01 June 2018 07:19 AM

    Useless giving instructions, get it done!!!

    Redflame Friday, 01 June 2018 07:36 AM

    Your Excellency, give him a timeline of 6 months to curb underworld and drugs. If not ask him to pack his bags and get ready to go home. Without STF coming into action difficult to curb this menace. The truth is many police personnel are in the monthly payroll of drug dealers and underworld elements.

    Sara Friday, 01 June 2018 07:56 AM

    After three and a half years we will know if Police have taken instructions seriously, and done the job effectively.

    Waco Friday, 01 June 2018 08:01 AM

    It has been proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the Deartment of Police and other nstitutions are incapable of performing their lawful duties effectively, under you weak administration.The only option left for you is to appoint Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka as the Minister in Charge of Law and Order, with out any further delay.

    Waco Friday, 01 June 2018 08:04 AM

    Why is it necessary for the IGP to wait for your instructions to perform his lawful duties?

    Ajja Friday, 01 June 2018 08:06 AM

    SL Police is Horrible!!!!Army or STF is the best for Business...

    Kumara Dharmarathne Friday, 01 June 2018 08:17 AM

    Sir, You need not instruct firmly or lightly, IGP and the Minister concern should know that underworld activities is a menace to the country and it be eradicated from Sri Lanka. If these persons cannot deliver properly, please replace them with two capable individuals,because ultimately you have to take the responsibility of the increased activities of under world in the country.

    Royce Friday, 01 June 2018 08:40 AM

    I doubt that even a teenager will listen and follow your 'firm' instructions.

    PC Friday, 01 June 2018 08:46 AM

    He vetoed the appointment of SF as minister of law

    dulan Friday, 01 June 2018 08:55 AM

    Even IGP do not take him seriously, wasted words firmly or not !

    saranga.walimuni Friday, 01 June 2018 08:56 AM

    Where is the national security advisors .. why president all the time? Ohh Maha Raja lol

    Buddhist Friday, 01 June 2018 02:19 PM

    President should first clean up the Attorney General's Dept and the Justice System in the country if he wants to curb underworld activities. While protecting the rich and famous he is trying to go after the poor and weak.

    Brainmaster Friday, 01 June 2018 02:31 PM

    There is only one way appoint SF via DM Android App

    Warren Raed Friday, 01 June 2018 04:54 PM

    How can you expect the IGP to do that when he himself is authorizeing security for weddings of underworld gang leaders and criminals? Don't say silly things like these and become a joker sir.

    Jaliya Friday, 01 June 2018 05:48 PM

    He is not just a joker ... he is the clown of the century. A 30 year old goat would have more administrative skills than this lost sole.

    Ceylon Friday, 01 June 2018 09:07 PM

    I thought today igp arrested sirisena's thug son for harrasing young mother sine time ago and attacking night club for not allow he and his thug gan to enter to harass wemen there.

    nic Saturday, 02 June 2018 08:45 AM

    That would be your uneducated illiterate son and aughter who are a bane to SL society

    Kanan Saturday, 02 June 2018 10:19 AM

    President then why cannot stop Aava group gangs activities inthe north which was created by former govt n still this govt too fostering for some reason.they are functioning against the peaceful living of the north people. Then you do t have courage to do anything sir


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