Thebuwana: Suspended Sergeant reinstated

Published : 9:10 am  October 18, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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DM_20181018_A001-14 By Darshana Sanjeewa

Several hours after President Maithripala Sirisena met and donated Rs.1 million to the family members of Police Sergeant Sanath Gunawardena, who was suspended following his protesting behaviour with a T-56 in the Thebuwana area on October 3, he had been reinstated by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera on Tuesday evening.

“Despite the reinstatement, investigations into the violent behaviour are being carried out by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU),” Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said.

When asked on what basis the Police Sergeant was reinstated, the Spokesman said the Officer in Charge of the disciplinary had the authority to suspend or reinstate a Police Officer.

Meanwhile, the National Police Commission said appointments, transfers or reinstatement below the rank of Chief Inspector of Police was handled by the IGP and the matter was not under the NPC purview.

President Sirisena on Tuesday donated Rs 1.million to the family members of Sergeant Gunawardena when the Sergeant and his family members met the President at the Presidential Secretariat. The Sergeant was arrested following his violent behaviour while being armed with a T-56 in Thebuwana on October 4 and suspended.


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