Death of IGP Lucky Kodituwakku

By Norman Palihawadana

Inspector General of Police Lucky Kodituwakku died at his official residence on Tuesday.

Born on January 7, 1941, Kodituwakku was the 25th IGP of Sri Lanka.

pp1.jpg (12297 bytes)He was a Senior DIG Range One before he was appointed to the highest post in the Police Department on September 1, 1998.

He succeeded W. B. Rajaguru on his retirement on August 31, 1998. A deeply religious man who had a youthful disposition, Kodituwakku strived hard to enhance discipline in the Police.

He also initiated a programme to provide training to all Police personnel on law, public relations and protection of human rights.

IGP Kodituwakku joined the service as a Probationary ASP on November 1, 1966.

An old boy of S. Thomas’ prep school, Bandarawela, he had his major part of schooling at St. Thomas’ College, Matale. He also studied at St. Joseph’s College, Colombo.

He graduated from Peradeniya before proceeding to the Madras University to obtain his Bachelor of Commerce degree.

He was a keen sportsman during his school days. He had served in Nugegoda, Anuradhapura, Colombo, Trincomalee, Chilaw, Negombo and Kalutara and as Assistant Director, Police Training College, Polonnaruwa, Kilinochchi and Kelaniya and at the Prime Minister’s Security Division.

He held the position of senior DIG Range One before he was promoted as IGP. He is the only IGP to have died while in office.

He leaves his wife Lakshmi and only son Ranmal who is an Assistant Superintendent of Police.

Funeral will take place on August 29 at the Borella General Cemetery with full police honours.

"He was always in an enjoyable mood with a smile on his face. He was a person who carried out his duties to the letter. He was a very efficient and capable officer", Colombo Division DIG, Bodhi Liyanage said when contacted by "The Island" over the demise of Inspector General of Police Benjamin Lakdasa Victor de Silva Kidituwakku.

Acting Inspector General of Police, T. E. Anandarajah said "Late Inspector General of Police, Lucky Kodituwakku took a personnel interest in the problems of senior and junior officers of the police. He was a person with a good heart".

Senior DIG, H. M. G. B. Kotakadeniya said "Late Inspector General of Police, Lucky Kodituwakku was a very unassuming person." When contacted ASP, Ranmal Kodituwakku, son of late Inspector General of Police, Lucky Kodituwakku, said "During my father’s service he was inundated with innumerable problems. But he faced them with courage and determination. It was the will of God that he should be separated from us now.