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Former President Security: Joint Opposition denounced abrupt decision to remove military security and replaced with police personnel

Colombo, 03 May, (

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s military security will be replaced with police personnel by yesterday afternoon, Mr. Rajapaksa's media unit said.

They said that 50 of 102 security detail, which included five Army Majors and 45 Commandos, would be replaced with four Sub Inspectors and 46 Police Constables. “Though there are 102 personnel in the security detail, only 50 of them provide security while others carry out clerical and other tasks,” the media unit said.

In the meantime the Joint Opposition while denouncing the Government’s move to assign Police personnel for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security detail, the Joint Opposition requested both the President and the Prime Minister, to call off the move.

Joint Opposition Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena said unlike other past leaders Rajapaksa should be entitled to VVIP security, since it was he who defeated the LTTE.

He was addressing a press conference organized by the Joint Opposition at the N.M. Perera Centre yesterday.

“The remaining LTTE elements are waiting for an opportunity to harm Mr. Rajapaksa. Now, that the highly trained security personnel are no longer with him, his life is in danger. We have already requested the President, and the Premier in writing in this regard. Unfair avenging should come to an end,” he told a news conference today.

MP Gunawardene further said that the 50 Army personnel assigned to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had been withdrawn. He said that the former President’s life is under threat as he defeated the world’s most powerful terrorist organization, the LTTE.

“Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only leader in the world who defeated the most powerful terrorist organization. Therefore, Rajapaksa should be given proper military protection,” MP Gunawardena said.

“On an earlier occasion, attempts were made to withdraw Mahinda Rajapaksa's security detail.

"But, when Joint Opposition objected and the Leader of the House responded and said that the security would not be withdrawn in a manner that would put the former President's life in danger.”

MP Gunawardena said that proving the Leader of the House's statement, the government has ordered that the Army security detail of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa be withdrawn.

Meanwhile, MP Prasanna Ranatunga requested the Government to reconsider the decision due to current security situation in the country.

“Former President needs skilled personnel to protect him from LTTE elements. Defence Ministry Secretary said there had been 300 incidents of recovery of explosives and other such incidents in the North and East so far. Northern Province calls for federalism, while Tamil Nadu calls for Eelam in here. Therefore, we request that the decision be reconsidered,” he said.

Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa also spoke on the occasion.

- Asian Tribune -

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