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The Police are playing the fool using the freedom given by the yahapalana government, Wildlife and Regional Development Minister Sarath Foinseka told Parliament yesterday.

He said this during the debate on the provincial delimitation commission report and pointed out that some senior police officers were acting similar to ‘Bulls in the china shop’.

The minister pointed his finger at STF Chief DIG Lathif and few other police officers. “STF Chief DIG Lathif is a real bull in the china shop because he is harassing innocent youth who are supporting me,” he said.

The minister said one of his supporters in Kelaniya was arrested by the police on false allegations that he had been having narcotic drugs.

“The STF raided my supporter’s house in Kelaniya and started searching saying they got a tip off that he has drugs in his possession. However they failed to recover any from inside the house but had found a packet of cocaine on a river bank some 80 meters away from the house. STF raided the house for the second time some days later saying my supporter was keeping bombs but only found an old grenade inside a gutter. Another supporter of mine has been falsely arrested. This particular supporter is engaged in hiring machinery. He keeps the national identity cards of his customers as a guarantee. However he has been arrested for stealing identity cards,” he said.

The minister said STF Chief DIG Lathif is behind all these false arrests. “I took this matter up with the Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara and the latter informed the DIG not to harass innocent people. However DIG Lathif continues harassing them,” he said. “There is no point in shouting saying there is yahapalanaya in this country if we fail to discipline the police."

However, he admitted that some of his supporters have been engaged in crime in the past but had now reformed themselves.

To a question asked by MP Wimal Weerawansa whether he had not informed his leader, the minister said he had spoken to the the Prime Minister about it and he had promised to investigate. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 20

  • Jayantha Saturday, 25 August 2018 09:18 AM

    Partly True ,,

    Tomorrw Saturday, 25 August 2018 09:23 AM

    Porobelm with today's leaders is that they go with the flow and try to gain something out of it rather than solving problems in order to change the world. Because it's hard work and easy to survive.

    Haramanis Saturday, 25 August 2018 09:27 AM

    SF is the Underworld Kingpin in his area supported by the Yamapalanaya

    M Rifai Saturday, 25 August 2018 11:19 AM

    I like the Ministers comment "my supporter was keeping bombs but only found an old grenade inside a gutter"So is it legal to keep grenades ? Ha Ha Ha.. Poor STF Chief DIG Lathif now answerable for finding this.

    Supporter Saturday, 25 August 2018 12:31 PM

    True what SF is saying they are not polite with the people, they must remember that their salaries are from the Taxes paid my the general public.

    Nimal Tuesday, 28 August 2018 01:43 PM

    Supporter,well said and spot on.

    Wise Donkey Saturday, 25 August 2018 12:45 PM

    Shall we change this old proverb to say: 'Bulls in Chinese harbor - in Hambantota'

    Asanka Saturday, 25 August 2018 12:53 PM

    We know that most of the aforementioned "youths" by minister Sarath Fonseka, are observe "Sil" every poya days in Kelaniya

    Citizen Saturday, 25 August 2018 02:18 PM

    The whole country knows you are harboring drug lords.

    Sam Saturday, 25 August 2018 02:22 PM

    The law is that No one can keep someone elses National Identoty card. This bull had been begging the Law and Order portfolio. W.T.F.?

    LP Saturday, 25 August 2018 04:58 PM

    He admits ex criminals are with him.

    Don Saturday, 25 August 2018 05:22 PM

    I guess at least now people of SL understand what sort of a low level person SF is.Not fit to be even an MP if you are associating with the under world publicly

    Ceylon Saturday, 25 August 2018 05:29 PM

    When higher position holder is a puppet,others acting as powerfull and doing whatever they want to do.lawless government mean this.

    Vendetta Saturday, 25 August 2018 07:42 PM

    There should be more officers like DIG Lathif. Idiots in the parliament should do their duties properly first to raise fingers at others.

    Suresh Saturday, 25 August 2018 08:55 PM

    Can you please tell us how Army's behavior in North and East during War time and in the South during 87-90 period

    Prem Sunday, 26 August 2018 10:32 AM

    M Rifai, don't show your idiotic mind set by writing BS. Read carefully first and then make your comments. It clearly indicate "saying".

    Animal Man Sunday, 26 August 2018 11:21 AM

    Wildlife is the perfect minister for you, that's why you know very clearly how a BULL acts!!! It's a shame that you too have taken a liking to be in the media for many wrong finger pointing reasons!!!

    Ronnie Bugger Sunday, 26 August 2018 12:54 PM

    Mr.Minister Fonseka, so you have complained to the Prime Minister, have you. Why don't you tell it to the birds in your garden, instead. You may get a better response from them, maybe.

    JIM Sunday, 26 August 2018 03:06 PM

    So you are the bovine that got away. What a guy, field marshal and all.

    RP Monday, 27 August 2018 11:17 PM

    Sorry Mr. Fonseka.Your action should have been conveyed in discreet or directly to his authorities and not through the Parliament platform. You’re in the government and this should have been the righteous and professional way rather than berating him in the Parliament.What if DIG Lathiff is proven wrong? You probably destroyed his and his family’s reputation.

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