Intelligence OIC transferred for messing up my surveillance: Upul

By Zacki Jabbar

The Officer in Charge of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) headed by DIG Nimal Chandra Wagista has been transferred to the Katunayake International Airport for having made a hash placing Bar Association President Upul Jayasuriya under surveillance.

 Jayasuriya told the "Sunday Island" yesterday that the OIC had been made a scapegoat for carrying out orders from the "top" to monitor his movements after the Bar Association had issued statements critical of the Rajapaksa regime for human rights violations and flouting the law with impunity.

 "The OIC has been penalised for following orders from the top to monitor my movements. He has been given a punishment transfer to the Katunayake International Airport," Jayasuriya said.

He alleged the government was using the police to harass those who exposed its wrong-doing with total disregard for democratic norms.

  Meanwhile informed sources said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa, during a recent meeting with the IGP N.K. Illangakoon and senior police officers, had asked who was following the Bar Association President on motorcycles. One of the officers had replied that it was the work of the SIS.

 The President had then observed that some persons were using "Gota’s" name to do wrong things and also referred to two officers as "lunatic" and "thief." The policemen present had remained silent.

Police spokesman, SSP Ajith Rohana denied that the OIC has been transferred. "No such transfer has taken place".

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