Move to assign para-military for MPs’ security at SLPP MPs’ request: Anura | Sri Lanka News

Claiming that there was a move to assign five Civil Defence Force personnel to guard MPs following a request by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MPs, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake today urged the government to withdraw such moves as it could create serious repercussions.

He told a news conference that some SLPP MPs have requested for special security during the SLPP group meeting and it has been agreed to assign five armed Civil Defence Force personnel with special training.

These CDF personnel would be hand picked by the respective MPs of their choice. This is a serious situation as this para-military could function at the will of the MPs.

MP Dissanayake said if there was a security threat for any MP, it was upto the police department to take appropriate action to provide security as the authorised institution to do so.

The JVP Parliamentarian also revealed that IGP CD Wickramaratne had sent a letter to the Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne highlighting two security concerns of a possible bomb attack in the north and south by the foreign spy agencies, targeting the black tiger day which would commence from July 5 and 6 and a possible attack by the JVP and other opposition groups on MPs including members of the Pradeshiya Sabha.

“This letter has been sent by the IGP on June 27. The government should reveal the source of this information and exact information of such an attack. We doubt if the government was plotting to socialize fake news of such an attack. This letter also highlights a possible attack on PS members and other politicians by JVP and other opposition groups. This is a ludicrous letter. The government is always trying to strike fear in the society.The government is spreading such fake news against us as we are organising protest campaigns throughout the country. We, on our part, refute the allegation in the letter,” he said.

He said the IGP had not copied the letter even to the secretry of his ministry and that it was more like a personal letter between the IGP and the Defence Secretary.

“We doubt whether there is a plan within the government to react to the public protest which could aggravate in the near future,” he said.

The MP said the government should either find solutions to the present crisis or resign immediately. (Ajith Siriwardana)

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