Top Cops transfer out of Kurunegala stopped



Less than a day after the National Police Commission (NPC) agreed to transfer two senior police officers out of the Kurunegala area on the request of the Acting Inspector General of Police Chandana Wickremeratne, the NPC has decided to stall the move.

The two officers were to be transferred because they are allegedly interfering in the investigations into the Shafi case.

Wickremeratne made a “strong case for the transfer of the officers,” the Acting Secretary to the Commission Nishantha Weerasinghe told RepublicNext today.

The request to transfer DIG Kithsiri Jayalath and SSP Mahinda Dissanayake was made last week.

Weerasinghe told RepublicNext that the decision was changed because “it was deemed not to be the right thing to do at this time.”

Jayalath has been named as the source for a front-page story that appeared in the Divaina newspaper that in part said that a Muslim doctor in the Kurunegala hospital had forcibly sterilized thousands of Sinhala Buddhist women.

The CID later reported to court that the reporters who wrote the story had stated to investigators that they had been given the information by DIG Jayalath and his wife who is a doctor at the same hospital.

Weerasinghe also confirmed that the two senior officers are under an internal investigation for the role they have played in the controversial case where Dr. Shafi Siyabdeen is being accused by several hundred women that he rendered them infertile without their consent while performing cesarean sections.

The CID has accused these two officers of fabricating evidence and obstructing the probe.

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