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IGP to visit Jaffna to direct crime control

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara will visit Jaffna during the first week of June and stay there for three days to personally supervise crime control activities in the peninsula, National Dialogue Minister Mano Ganesan said.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, he said Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka and Ministry Secretary Jagath P. Wijeweera would accompany the IGP during this visit.

“I discussed the uncontrollable crime wave in Jaffna with the IGP on Monday and discussed the same with the subject minister at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The IGP said he is aware of the gravity of the law and order issue in Jaffna.

The IGP pledged to bring an end to the organised criminal activities in Jaffna by personally visiting and monitoring the situation,” he said.

The minister said the IGP, who is to attend an International Conference in New York shortly, would make arrangements for the Jaffna visit soon after his return to the country. Ganesan said Minister Sagala Ratnayaka also expressed his desire to accompany the IGP on the Jaffna visit. Ganesan said he decided to bring this issue to the attention of the authorities following a meeting he had with a group of civil society members representing Jaffna.

“The Police have arrested several suspects in connection with these crimes, but the situation is still beyond control. The robberies, sword attacks and anonymous threats continue at large. We suspect some organised gang is involved in these crimes. We need urgent action to create peace and law and order in the area” he said.

Minister Ratnayaka in Parliament on May 19 said that he would make a detailed and comprehensive statement on the rise of organised crime in Jaffna at the next Parliamentary sitting week.

The Minister said the Government has paid its serious attention to the recent reports on the rise of crime in Jaffna. He made this comment in reply to a question under Standing Order 23 (2) by UPFA MP Douglas Devananda.


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