Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
stated on Saturday (22.01.2011) that the Army and Police would take
all possible measures to prevent unauthorized persons carrying weapons
other than Security Forces and the Police. Addressing a gathering
of clergy, representatives of Jaffna community and senior civil
administrative officials in the presence of electronic and print
media at the District Secretariat Jaffna, SF-J Commander said some
unscrupulous groups are trying to distort the prevailing situation
in Jaffna giving a wrong impression to the world, especially during
this local government election season.
Hathurusinghe said some incidents of looting and burglaries are
not specific only to Jaffna and those incidents normally take
place anywhere in the island. However, some interested parties
are trying to highlight a few of such incidents occurring in Jaffna
to show the world that Jaffna is still not safe. He further said
that it is a prime duty of the Security Forces to ensure peace
and harmony in the peninsula while assisting the Police to maintain
law and order. This will be ensured by taking all security measures
in assisting the Police to maintain law and order.
intensify present security measures by increasing random checks,
snap roadblocks and night patrols in different areas including
the city from today onwards. These measures are taken not to harass
anybody but to prevent unlawful happenings in Jaffna for the safety
of peace-loving people. During his recent visit to Jaffna, His
Excellency the President instructed to take all possible actions
to stop the rising wave of petty crimes within the peninsula and
make a peaceful environment for the people to live in”, Commander
of some organized groups is to tarnish the image of the Security
Forces and the Police. I ensure that no Army personnel involve
in such anti-social activities. If they were caught being engaged
in those activities, I will not hesitate to give the maximum punishment
to them. And we have on earlier occasions done so because Army
and Police must set an example to others”, SF-J Commander reiterated.
Hathurusinghe requested the media to do their reporting with responsibility.
discussion, Bishop Jaffna Most Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Soundranayagam
expressed his pleasure about the increase of security measures
by the Headquarters SF-J. “Recently my vehicle was stopped by
the Security Forces and Police at a five-six places on my way.
I am very happy about that” Bishop Jaffna told the forum.
Inspector General of Police for Jaffna Mr. Cycil Perera revealed
that compared to Colombo and some areas in the south, crime rate
in Jaffna lies low. “Police will very soon recruit 5000 youths
from the north to the Department and with their absorption to
the service, problems rising due to language difference could
be overcome,” DIG Perera said.
Agent Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar who organized the briefing thanked
Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and other officials
for positive actions taken by the Army to ensure peace and tranquility
in the area and thanked for enlighting the media and administrative
officials about the present security measures in place in Jaffna.