President orders probe on media reports

28 May 2018 - 128   - 0

Criminal Investigation Department detectives have been assigned to probe media reports which claimed the security forces have been placed on alert for possible civil disturbances.

The move follows a directive from President Maithripala Sirisena to Police Chief Pujith Jayasundera. The Police Chief has been told to determine whether the reports were formulated by any group and disseminated to the media.

A state run newspaper as well as a private outlet had reported on the story. CID officials said they would record statements from those responsible for the story.

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