The instruction also wants to look into the possibility of filing action against him under the civil and political rights international act no. 56 of 2007.
There have been accusations against Gunaratne that he is acting in a conspiratorial manner to create tensions among communities.
Part of conspiracy by defeated politicos
Army intelligence believes his remarks at a function in Galle that the security situation of the north was not satisfactory to be part of a conspiracy by defeated politicians to provoke racism in order to gain power.
The Army Act no. 17 of 1949 is applicable to all serving personnel in the Army as well as the retirees until six months since their retirement.
Responding to Gunaratne’s remarks, minister Rajitha Senaratne said in Vavuniya on November 20 that if they cannot be satisfied with the north’s security situation, they themselves and the former defence secretary were to be blamed for that.
They were the ones who had formed various gangs in those provinces, he charged, and urged the government to take strong action against such persons.
Very soon, legal measures will be taken to counter racists through the introduction of a new act against racism and religious extremism, he said.
New police unit
Meanwhile, president Maithripala Sirisena has instructed IGP Pujith Jayasundara to immediately arrest the persons who provoke racism, irrespective of their ethnicity.
At the national Security Council meeting, the president also told the police chief to ensure that such persons remained in remand custody for at least one year under the existing laws, until new laws are formulated, minister Mano Ganeshan has announced through social media.
Accordingly, a special unit was established yesterday (21) at the police headquarters to take strong action against persons who make hate speech that harm religious and ethnic reconciliation and create public unrest.