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Colombo, Feb 28 (Daily Mirror) - Police have launched an investigation into Police Inspector Duminda Jayathilaka, the Officer In-Charge of the Organized Crime Division at the Colombo Crimes Division, who has left the country due to death threats from members of underworld gangs, targeting him and his family.

Inspector Duminda Jayathilaka reportedly left for France on February 14 from the Bandaranaike International Airport, accompanied by personal security guards, as a precaution against the threats looming over him and his family. Among the gangsters who allegedly threatened him are Kanjipani Imran and Heenatiyana Mahesh.

Inspector Jayathilaka made several statements to the media from aboard the plane about the threats he had allegedly received from criminals.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa said there is reasonable doubt and suspicion about all the incidents and that police suspect the Inspector may have tried to seek benefits or advantages.

It was reported that the threats against the officer escalated following the arrest of suspects involved in the poisoning of two suspects at the Aduruppu Veediya police station. Following multiple arrests during this probe, he had reportedly received numerous death threats.துமிந்த ஜயதிலக்க பாதுகாப்புக் கருதி வெளிநாடு சென்றுள்ளார்! - Global Tamil  News

The spokesman said the officer had not disclosed to senior officers that he had received death threats from underworld criminals lately. However, he said once the officer had informed about such threats the Colombo Crimes Division had provided Inspector Duminda Jayathilaka with an official firearm for his protection.

Despite this measure, he opted to leave for France ensuring the safety of his wife and seven-year-old daughter in a secure location within the country.

It was reported that Inspector Jayathilaka was instrumental in arresting several homicide suspects last year. 

Inspector Jayathilaka was also involved in investigating into an attempted escape by 'Harak Kata' from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). During the investigations, numerous suspects associated with the incident were arrested.

Spokesman DIG Thalduwa said the officer obtained leave from February 14 to March 6 and that if he does not return for duty before March 6, police will consider him as having vacated his post.


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  • Jayantha Wednesday, 28 February 2024 10:21 PM

    Lol. He has found a way to leave the country smartly.

    Battle Bot Wednesday, 28 February 2024 10:37 PM

    STF should now establish overseas safe houses and start eliminating the drug lords via special clandestine operations in those harboring countries. Mosad style ops.

    Cherath Wednesday, 28 February 2024 10:44 PM

    Those planning to visit Sri Lanka will definitely consider themselves very lucky they haven't done that so far. Only the beauty of nature and the mesmerising structures built by ancestors centuries ago remains intact. Nothing else left. Even foreign thugs are violating visit visas to engage in businesses, illegally, while Ranil turns a blind eye for fear of diplomatic backlash.

    L Jaya Thursday, 29 February 2024 01:55 AM

    Thalduwa a good Sattambirala

    Aran Thursday, 29 February 2024 02:37 AM

    Considering the seriousness of the situation, the said Police Inspector should be given more protection. He may be granted more leave in case he is unable to report to work on March 6th.

    Saman Thursday, 29 February 2024 06:49 PM

    Exactly. And, see what, they try to punish him! In other words-- giving a message to the other police officers- don't try to be smart and do your duty. If you are threatened by the rogues we will not support you! No wonder SL Police is so infefficient.

    leonard vivian jayaweera Thursday, 29 February 2024 02:54 AM

    how did he leave, did igp grant him leave for overseas travel? what about the airport,system. are we idiots

    Nimal Thursday, 29 February 2024 03:24 AM

    He looks very handsome and smart ,that itself gives a positive feeling to the Sri Lankan police .Look at the face of most police officers, they all look out of shape with ugly faces. Foreigners coming to Sri Lanka would be very impressed if they see handsome and smart police officers on patrol .

    Buddhist Thursday, 29 February 2024 05:38 AM

    When the IGP whom we now have is involved in human rights violations, how can this officer inform the Police that he has death threats?

    Kps Thursday, 29 February 2024 06:21 AM

    Highway to Political Asylum. Best wishes for better future.

    Terrence K Thursday, 29 February 2024 06:44 AM

    With the outflow of Sri Lankans to other countries many reasons are adduced which carries weightage for consideration in the process of applications seeking refugee status in other countries. This is the ideal opportunity when there are crimes all over the country and this news is what matters to give credence to all applicants under this category. In the future we will see a depletion of knowledge and experienced based personnel with half baked personnel taking over these jobs which is advantageous to the legislators of this country!!!!!!

    Doing a thankless job Thursday, 29 February 2024 07:58 AM

    My sympathies to the law enforcing officer and his family. They are doing a thankless job. Let us hope this parade will not continue, as it happens in several countries in South America.

    Ram Thursday, 29 February 2024 08:02 AM

    Having vacated post is easy to say. The reasons behind must be investigated. All incoming and outgoing calls to his, his wife, parents, from where they originated etc must be checked. Unless the policemen are cared for this way soon we will have a force consisting of duds

    stateaffair Thursday, 29 February 2024 09:52 AM

    The country is loosing young and energetic talents. Who is responsible? What will remain will be the retired (with all due respect) and old who is be forced to take up these improtant positions but unfortunately will not have any vigor to carry on such intensive duties. Public at risk

    sarath gooneratne Thursday, 29 February 2024 11:46 AM

    This is the easiest way to claim asylum and obtain citizenship of a western country. I am sure he has got advise from an Immigration lawyer. If you are a policeman then you should be able to do your work. Otherwise just leave the police department without bringing disrepute to other good police officers .

    Rip Winkle Thursday, 29 February 2024 11:48 AM

    Bloody joke. Anything and everything uttered by the cops or just a cop can't be believed.

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Thursday, 29 February 2024 11:55 AM

    If police fear criminals, who would protect the public. If this Inspector had threats,he should have informed the higher ups and army's support could have been obtained, no one could challenge the army.


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