The minister has also given instructions that the investigation be handed over to STF commandant DIG Latiff.
However, the DIG said he was yet to be instructed on the matter.
Later, police have said the investigation would be handed over to the CID.
Attempts to contact minister Ratnayake for a comment were unsuccessful as he was on a visit to Jaffna with the prime minister.
Police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said he needed time to look into the matter before making a statement.
Will bring disgrace to police
Anyway, the delay in the investigation into the attempt on the life of Inspector Neomal Rangajeewa and other anti-narcotic officers is due to PNB’s fears that its connections with drug racketeers would be revealed in an investigation.
A report will unavoidably bring disgrace to the police, and the IGP has given unofficial permission to carry on with the mafia.
Before a tour of China, Ratnayake has again given the same instructions to the IGP.