No pre-election police transfers

By Shane Seneviratne

The National Police Commission (NPC) yesterday said that it would not permit any police transfers in the Central and North Western Province during the upcoming provincial elections after attempts were made to transfer one of the senior police officers in the Central Province.

NPC Chairman Neville Piyandigama said Police Chief Jayantha Wickremaratna had agreed that no transfers would take place during the period of elections.

The Sunday Times learns that attempts were made to get Deputy Inspector General (Central Province) Pujitha Jayasundara to request for a transfer and accordingly get himself transferred out of the province.
However, Mr. Piyandigama said that even if a police officer made a request he could not be transferred during the election period.

The Sunday Times learns that attempts were also being made to transfer several other police officers in the two provinces after getting them to request transfers on their own will.

JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayaka told a public meeting in Kandy on Friday said that attempts were being made to transfer DIG Jayasundara out of the province during the election campaign.

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