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New mechanism to address public complaints against police: Def Secy

NO ROOM FOR CORRUPTION IN PRISONS – Defense Secretary Kamal Guneratne warns Prison officials of consequences if criminals are mollycoddled/Defense Ministry handout

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s defence establishment plans to launch a new mechanism to address public complaints and petitions against the police, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Maj Gen Kamal Gunaratne said.

Addressing a gathering of southern province police officers in Galle yesterday, Gunaratne said stern action will be taken against state officials who engage in corruption.

The hard work and dedication of a majority are at stake due to the actions of a corrupt few, he said.

Gunaratne said that organised crimes, drug-smuggling and extortions need to be curbed while ridding state institutions of corruption in order to strengthen the efficiency of state institutions.

He commended the Sri Lanka Police Department for their services in ensuring peaceful polling during the recent parliamentary elections.

“People feel safe and protected because of the police service of a country. Without this service people’s life, liberty and freedom are lost. Therefore, the police need to be a corruption-free service in order for society to be just and peaceful,” Gunaratne said.

The defence ministry secretary explained the scopes of national security and the obligations the defence services have towards the people stressing that creating a safe environment for the public is a part of national security.

“The first is providing security from terrorist acts, secondly the possible external aggression and thirdly the security to keep people safe from natural disasters and calamities, pandemics etc,” he said.

Being critical on certain allegations received against some police divisions and stations in the Southern Province, Maj Gen Gunaratne stressed the need for taking measures and adjustments in performing duties and responsibilities to maintain law and order to deliver fair service to the public.

He further alleged that the southern expressway as a drug-dealing hub, stressing the need for initiating effective police intelligence network in specialised areas and act more vigorously in arresting drug-peddlers, illegal arms circulation, land encroachments and other related crimes.

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“The wrongdoers in society need to be brought before the law. The Defence Ministry together with the Attorney General’s Department is ambitiously working towards achieving this,” Gunaratne said.

The event held at the Hotel-De-Galle in Galle was attended by Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP) C. D. Wickremaratne, Commandant of the Police Special Task Force (STF) DIG Waruna Jayasundara, Senior DIG Southern Province Rohan J Silva and others. (Colombo/Aug20/2020-sb)

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