Colombo Telegraph

Namal Demands Reason For MR’s Security Reduction

Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has demanded to know on what grounds did the government clip the security detail provided to his father.

“As security deteriorates, how can the government justify removing Army protection of President Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s only leader to end the brutal terrorist war?,” Namal queried in a tweet.

His call for explanation comes after the security detail of the former President was pruned, with army personnel assigned to him, being replaced by police personnel.

While no formal reason was given for the change in the security detail, it is learnt that a decision was taken at a higher level to replace all army personnel with police personnel, although the number of personnel who provide security for Rajapaksa will remain the same.

Last month, the joint opposition claimed that the former president’s life was in danger and in the event anything unwarranted happened to him, the government must take responsibility. According to SLFP MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, even though Rajapaksa’s bullet proof vehicle had required repairs after an accident, the government was yet to allocate the required amount to carry out the repairs.

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