PM promises to sack cops if found guilty of attacking disabled war heroes
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday that if any policemen were found guilty of attacking disabled servicemen near the Presidential Secretariat last week they would be sacked from the service.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said so responding to a query raised by MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena, who accused the government of setting police anti-riot squads on disabled military and police personnel demanding their pension rights.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe: “I will investigate this incident separately.
There was a discussion on the demands of ex-servicemen at the Ministry of Defence. We have to investigate to find how this incident took place after all the demands by the servicemen had been granted. We also have to find out how disabled bhikkus were present there. How did those bhikkus become disabled? Police personnel, if found guilty of harassing disabled protesters will be removed.
“I like to ask where these bhikkus were when General Sarath Fonseka was incarcerated. We’ll have to sack those who jailed Fonseka.”
MEP leader Gunawardena: Bhikkus visited Sarath Fonseka when he was in jail. How many times Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha visited him? We ask the Prime Minister whether he would admit that it was wrong to assault disabled soldiers.
Prime Minister: Assaulting the disabled is wrong. It is also wrong to instigate the disabled and create disturbances. I did not talk of Ven Sobhitha Thera. I was talking of the bhikkus who were present there on that day when the incident occurred. Ven Sobhitha Thera conducted a religious ceremony opposite the Dalada Maligawa. I can recall some people attempted create a division among the Maha Sangha’s of Malwatte Chapter.
NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa: Bhikkus can participate in events. Bhikkus even marched along with King Dutta Gamani when he went to war against King Elara. The Prime Minister should not talk as if he were unaware of facts. Members of Maha Sangha have always been with the war heroes. The problem is that we are having a prime minister who does not know about it.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe: King Dutta Gamani never entered into a deal with Prabhakaran to ascend the throne of Magama.
(Source: The Island – By Saman Indrajith)
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Enforcing discipline in the Police Force is the work of the Independent Commission and the IGP.
It is not the work of a Prime Minister.
Let there be no political interference in law enforcement.
I don’t think police personnel carried out the mission without knowing by the superiors.
They will not act as such if they didn’t get any order from the top.
So its good to check the root instead punishing the one’s who carried out the orders.
Safe guarding the top and allowing the minor to go to jail or punished, PM should educated on that.
You are right niyama Sinhalaya. Police acted on someones orders. Attacking Disable person under any circumstance (you have to exercise minimum force) is a violation of Human Rights. The fact is the government will never find Police Officers to be guilty.
Police should not attack anybody under any circumstance (except for brainless university baboons) . Their task is to bring law breakers to justice. The court decide the punishment according to the laws passed by the parliament.
It is not up to the police to find some one guilty or not guilty. Or am i asking too much from our corrupted police force.
As Ranjith says “Police should not attack anybody under any circumstance (except for brainless university baboons) “.
The recent incident if Jaffna where two “brainless university baboons” were shot dead by the Police appears to have gone underground despite the IGP’s admission that the Police response to the incident was incorrect.
The Police are now under an Independent Commission headed by a group of Sinhala Buddhist commissioners. The Politicians, as claimed by themselves, no longer have any control over the operations and conduct of the Police Force.
Does this mean that the Independent Commission in charge of the Police Force is incapable of delivering a proper Police service to the population? Does this mean the Sinhala Buddhists are incapable of governing the country, properly in a just manner?