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Author:  Guest [ Sun Sep 04, 2005 5:25 pm ]
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14 February, 2005 - Published 19:26 GMT

No underworld in Sri Lanka says IGP

BBC Sinhala

There is no underworld in Sri Lanka the country's top police officer said on Monday.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandra Fernando told BBC Sandeshaya that the concept of 'underworld' is a creation by the media.

He added that the police used to operate in an anti terrorist environment for the past 20 years is working hard after the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) to crack down the criminal gangs threatening law and order.

Muslims killed

However, Special Task Force (STF) is targeting innocent Muslims under the guise of cracking down unlawful elements, a newly formed human rights organisation said.

Three Muslims suspected of murders have been arrested and killed by the police during the last couple of weeks, Mohideen Thaslim, deputy secretary of the Human Rights Organisation of the Colombo Central Civilians Council (HROCCC) told BBC Sandeshaya.

"Mohammed Niyaz Mohammed Ayub and Mohammed Fairoz suspected of criminal activity and Naizer were surrounded and arrested in Slave Island by the STF on 20 January and by the next morning all of them were shot dead."

Thaslim said the police have even threatened the relatives of the diseased not to reveal that the STF arrested them before they passed away.

The IGP however, denies all the charges against the police said that he is not aware of these specific incidents.

Law and Order

"There are normal procedures to follow after a suspicious death. The post mortem, conducted by an independent expert and open to the public, should have been revealed any suspicious activity," he said.

The HROCCC says the relative noticed the wounds at post - mortem conducted by Attangalle District Judge Sunanada Herath at Ragama hospital.

Thasim further alleged that the STF is carrying out an organised campaign against the Muslims and UNP activist.

"A meeting held recently to discuss these issues were video recorded and the participants were harassed by the STF," Thaslim said.

He added that the police and the police commission invited for the meeting was absent.

The IGP, however, says that the police has the right to use sophisticated surveillance equipment to prevent criminals disrupting country's law and order "as in the UK".

"The police reserve the right to use electronic recording for collecting evidence wherever suspicious activities happen. If not, how can we safeguard the law and order?" IGP Chandra Fernando questioned.

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