Any threat to SF would come from Opposition - Dinesh


By Saman Indrajith

Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday told parliament it was from the Opposition that threats emanated to the defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka as there were various factions demanding the credit for the former army chief’s release.

The Minister said that the government was ready to consider providing security to the former MP if a formal request was made to that effect.

Minister Gunawardena was responding to a question raised by UNP Kurunegala District MP Dayasiri Jayasekera.

Minister Gunawardena said: "It was you and the rest of the Opposition who dragged Mr. Fonseka into politics. He contested the Presidential election as common candidate of yours. Now, you are divided into groups claiming the credit for getting Fonseka released. If there is any threat to Fonseka, it is from your parties and not from outside. And, in case you make a formal request for Fonseka’s security, the government is ready consider it."

The government had deployed security officers to protect persons who were not representatives of the public, the minister said. Asked to mention the names and other details of such person, the minister declined to give details citing security reasons. Police officers, officers of the Ministerial Security Division and officers of the Army had been detailed to provide them with security according, he said.

It was the Inspector General of Police who decided whether a certain person should be provided with VIP security, Minister Gunawardena said.

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