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Ajith Rohana’s transfer changed!

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Sources of the National Police Commission (NPC) said that it has been decided to transfer Mr. Ajith Rohana, who held the position of Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Southern Province, to the Police Headquarters instead of being transferred to the Eastern Province.

This decision has been taken unanimously by the NPC members including its chairman.

It was also said that an investigation will be conducted into the matters mentioned in his letter.

SDIG Ajith Rohana and Priyantha Weerasuriya arrived at the NPC yesterday and submitted complaints regarding the transfers given to them.

Subject to the approval of the National Police Commission, the Secretary of the Ministry of Public Security had transferred seven senior DIGs with immediate effect from yesterday.

They are; Lalith Pathinayake, Ajith Rohana, Priyantha Weerasuriya, Sajeewa Medawatta, W.K. Jayalath, Ranmal Kodithuvakku and W.K. Silva.

In a letter to the Ministry’s Secretary, SDIG Ajith Rohana highlighted that the relevant order was neither issued by the National Police Commission,  nor with their approval, thereby making it both illegal and unconstitutional.

In a separate letter addressed to the Chairman of the National Police Commission, Chandra Fernando, SDIG Ajith Rohana has alleged the Public Security Minister Tiran Alles’ decision to transfer him is ‘malicious, arbitrary and unreasonable’.

“The minister does all these malicious acts to harass us and protect one SDIG,” he has noted.

Therefore, Mr. Rohana requested the NPC to consider his situation and not approve the ‘malicious’ recommendation given to transfer him.

Meanwhile, SDIG Weerasuriya has also sent a letter to the Chairman of the Police Commission protesting his transfer.

It is stated in the letter that recently he has observed a way of giving emergency transfers to senior DIGs without giving reasons, and due to this, a chaotic situation has arisen among the DIGs.

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Youth found dead in three-wheeler at Ward Place

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A 33-year-old youth was found stabbed to death inside a parked three-wheeler at Ward Place, Colombo, according to police reports.

The gruesome discovery was made early this morning (23) in front of the National Dental Hospital, following a tip-off received by Cinnamon Gardens Police around 1.00 a.m.

Upon investigation, police traced the three-wheeler’s registration to a resident of Middeniya. 

The vehicle owner revealed that he had lent it to his 33-year-old brother-in-law, who works as a taxi driver.

Cinnamon Gardens Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.

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Tamil parties agree to field common Presidential candidate

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Several Tamil political parties and a group of representatives of civil organizations have reached an agreement to present a common Tamil candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election.

The agreement was signed in Jaffna today by seven parties including TELO led by MP Selvam Adaikkalanathan, PLOTE led by MP Dharmalingam Siddharthan, Tamil People’s Alliance led by MP C.V. Wigneswaran, Tamil National Party led by Attorney-At-Law N. Sri Kantha, and EPRLF led by Suresh Premachandran.

The Tamil People General Assembly, comprising of several Tamil civil organizations, also signed the agreement.

However, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) comprising President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran and the Tamil National People’s Front comprising Attorney-At-Law Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam did not sign the agreement today.

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Club Wasantha’ murder: Tattoo studio owner makes confidential statement

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Dulan Sanjula, the owner of the tattoo studio in Athurugiriya, has made a confidential statement before the Kaduwela Magistrate over the recent shooting and killing of two individuals including Surendra Wasantha Perera alias ‘Club Wasantha’. 

Meanwhile, the seven suspects including Dulan Sanjula have been ordered to be remanded further until August 5, 2024. 

The suspect, who was arrested in connection with the incident, had requested permission to make a confidential statement to the Kaduwela Magistrate. He made this request when the seven suspects arrested in relation to the incident were produced before the court on July 10.

However, the Kaduwela Magistrate had advised the suspect in question to rethink the decision and make the request again during an upcoming court date.

Furthermore, the magistrate ordered the prison officers to provide additional security to the suspects, since there are accomplices of the criminal figure infamously known as “Loku Patee,” who is suspected to be involved in the incident, detained in the prison.

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