The Editor Island is to be commanded for the
editorial of 18/1/2008 wherein he pointed out the response of
the public in providing information on imminent LTTE attacks and
the lack of a police response. Many a major disaster could have
been avoided if the police had not acted foolishly. There have
been appeals by the Defence Secretary, the PM, and the IGP for
public vigilance but when the public has warned the police, they
were taken lightly. The latest was the Buttala warning which was
ignored. The most classic one is where the cop asked 'did the
Kotiya have spots?' at the Central Bank. If the Buttala warning
was taken seriously, 29 deaths may have been averted.
There are instances where is there is over
caution. I accompanied a passenger to the Air port. We were
delayed on the way due to an earlier search. The second one was
ridiculous. They even searched the powder tins, hand lotions,
etc. They said they were doing their duty. In spite of appeals,
they could not care two hoots. Kept on delaying and my daughter
nearly missed the flight. I was searched at the BMICH at a
recent function. The mobile was switched on to make sure it was
not a bomb; the pen was examined to see if it was not a lethal
dart; and even my car keys which had a small light was examined
to determine whether it was a secret weapon. But the most
obvious warnings have been ignored as pointed out by the editor.
I write this letter to find out from the
Secretary Defence, and the IGP in the form of a public statement
what inquiries were held in this regard. The public has a right
to know of the action taken against negligence.
Dr. Rohan de Silva.