IGP: My conscience is clear


by Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY – The Police Department respected the law of the land and wrongdoers within its ranks would be dealt with appropriately, said Inspector General of Police (IGP) N. K. Ilangakoon at the opening of a new wards complex of the Kundasle Police Hospital on Saturday. "I have always acted according to my conscience and will continue to do so."

As for the Embilipitya incident, the IGP said action would be taken against police personnel and civilians alike if they had been on the wrong side of the law. No one would be spared if he had violated the law, he said.

IGP Ilangakoon said the police department had rendered yeoman service to the country since its inception. It had received bouquets as well as brickbats. The service of the police during the January and August elections last year had come in for praise, the police chief said.

The IGP recalled the role the police had played in protecting the country and the manner they had acted to safeguard national security during the insurgencies of 1971 and 1988-89 and the decades of terrorism.

The IGP assured that grievances of the police personnel would be looked into and injustice, if any, rectified. But, no wrongdoers would be protected, he stressed.

The new wards complex of the Kundasale Police Hospital has cost Rs. 800 million. Facilities are available for 30 residential patients.

Senior DIG, Jagath Abeysirigunawardena, retired Senior DIG, Nimal Mediwaka, Kandy’s Senior SP, Gamini Ellepola, Police Media Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera and officers in-charge of the Kundasale police hospital were present.

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