IGP Pujith Jayasundara on Saturday ordered disciplinary action to be taken against the Head of the Special Task Force DIG Ranjith Perera, after he allegedly threatened the media for not giving him and his team sufficient publicity on the recent billion rupees worth cocaine haul.
Perera had reportedly threatened journalists saying his team which ‘took care’ of the underworld; also knew how to ‘handle’ certain journalists with links to the underworld mafia. Perera had been agitated that the media had not given his team sufficient publicity over Tuesday’s cocaine haul, which according to Perera was discovered following a tip off the STF received.
On Saturday, in a hurriedly convened press conference in Colombo, Colombo North SSP Ajith Rohana and SSP Priyantha Jayakody apologized to the media regarding the incident.
“This statement is a personal statement by DIG Perera, and the IGP, the Police Service including the STF condemns this statement, and we apologize to all media including the journalists for his statement,” SSP Ajith Rohana said.
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