Committee Appointed to Ensure Coordination of Security Apparatus
:: 2011-09-07 19:25:09 Hours]
A special meeting was held at the Jaffna District Secretariat on
Tuesday (06) consequent to a series of unusual activities occurred
at a few places in the peninsula creating a sense of insecurity
among the people. Prime objective of the meeting attended by religious
leaders, Ministers, Parliamentarians, high-ranking Administrative,
Military, government officials and representatives of the general
public was to eradicate fear psychosis of the people about so-called
Grease Devil and ensure security of the people in Jaffna through
a coordinated security mechanism.
Minister of Petroleum Industries Mr. Susil Premajayantha who attended
the meeting as the special envoy of His Excellency the President
Mahinda Rajapaksa informed that a Steering Committee will be appointed
with the Governor as the Head to ensure proper coordination of the
mechanism. The committee will consist of religious leaders, Parliamentarians,
Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J), Senior DIG Jaffna and
community leaders. The development committees presently in effect
will be reintegrated to the system to make it more effective at
Brigade and Battalion level.
the forum which was open for general comments by the people’s representatives,
a Jaffna woman activist Ms Saroja Sivasankar said that relations
between Security Forces and people have declined due to these recent
activities of some monstrous elements and requested to bring them
before the law and restore normalcy. Jaffna University lecturers
representing intellectuals were in the opinion that some unidentified
elements seem to be attempting to disrupt the rapport between Security
Forces and the civilians in post-conflict Jaffna.
at the meeting Nallur Adinan Srilasri Somasundarampillai Kurukkal
said that culprits behind those heinous acts should be dealt severely
and brought before the law. Bishop Jaffna Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Saundranayagam
agreed that those happenings have affected good relations between
Security Forces, Police and civilians. Rev. Fr. Dr. Saundranayagam
highlighted the necessity of building that relationship soon. Ven.
Meegahajandure Sirivimala Thero of Naga Vihara speaking his ideas
stated that various political hands and social sections with western
influence should not be allowed to disturb peace gained after thirty
Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
during his address brought the security measures that have been
taken by the Security Forces and Police to the notice of all present.
He stressed that so-called Grease Devil is a fantasy created by
some sections in the society to disturb peace being enjoyed by the
people. He totally rejected rumours being spread against the Security
Forces and requested not be carried away by unscrupulous stories
without any substance. SF-J Commander told the participants that
Police are ready to accept any complaint even against the Army if
they do anything wrong. Finally, SF-J Commander requested all participants
to corporate with the Police to maintain law and order without attempting
to take the law into their hands following misleading instructions
of interested parties with ulterior motives.
of Indian Catholic Church Rev Fr. Dr. Thiyagaraja, Governor Northern
Province Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, Hon. Minister of
Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Mr. Douglas Devananda,
Additional Government Agent Ms. Varthani Rupasingham, Senior DIG
Mr. Gamini Silva General Officers Commanding of three Divisions
were also present.