In the wake of violence Gintota divided into 3 for security – Police Preventable if Police acted sooner -IGP

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By 2017-11-21

BY CASSENDRA DOOLE

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Pujith Jayasundara said that the Gintota incident could have been prevented by the Police had they acted sooner, but their failure to do so, was yet another black mark on the Police.

The IGP added that in the future, such incidents would be prevented and added that stern action would be taken against instigators.

Gintota will be divided into three zones and each division will be overseen by a different Assistant Superintendent of Police, the Police said yesterday (20).

Addressing the media, during a special media briefing held in Galle, the Police Media Spokesman,Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara said that Gintota in Galle would be divided into three different zones as a security measure. The decision comes as a foolproof security measure, following last week's violence that erupted and disturbed public order.

Gunasekara further added that several senior Police officers had been appointed in order to oversee the security measures in the area following the clash on 17 November.

A Police curfew was imposed in Kurunduwatte, Mahahapugala, Welipitimodara, Ukwaththa, Gintota East, Gintota West and the Piyandigama Grama Niladhari divisions following a tense situation in the areas. Furthermore, 22 suspects were arrested in connection with the incident.

IGP Jayasundara, together with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake visited the area yesterday (20) for inspection. Thereafter, it was decided that tight Police security will continue to remain in the affected areas. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has also requested the IGP and Minister Ratnayake for an inquiry report on the incidents that erupted in Gintota over the weekend.

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