Allegations have surfaced against the Minister of Public Security and the Acting Inspector General of Police amid “Yukthiya Operation” a high-profile campaign aimed at combating the underworld. The operation, which pledged to eradicate criminal activities within a few months, has faced severe criticism following reports of police killings, disturbing conditions in the Kandakadu rehabilitation camp, and the wrongful arrest of innocent individuals under pressure to meet arrest quotas.
In a shocking turn of events, an incident in Malwatu Hiripitiya has further fueled public outcry. A group of police officers attempting to investigate a suspicious three-wheeler encountered resistance, leading to a scuffle during which a suspect seized a firearm from a police sergeant. Subsequently, the suspect fled the scene, leaving the injured sergeant and a stolen firearm behind.
The chaos extends beyond mere confrontation, as reports indicate an alarming escalation of underworld violence targeting individuals associated with criminal networks. The recent murder of Sendil Shanmugam Dushyanthan, known as Bada Ranji, is linked to a longstanding feud between underworld factions. Allegedly orchestrated by Kanjipani Imran, the assassination underscores the depths of criminal rivalry permeating society.
Furthermore, the troubling events reveal a systematic breakdown of law enforcement protocols, with suspects poisoned while in police custody. Two hired killers, detained by police following an assassination attempt, fell victim to a cyanide-laced meal brought to them under suspicious circumstances. Despite being critically ill, the suspects received inadequate medical attention, highlighting gross negligence on the part of law enforcement authorities.
Consequently, three officers from the Aduruppu Street Police station have been suspended pending further investigation. Inspector SGP Sunil, along with police constables TD Priyadarshana and J Wijesinghe, face disciplinary action for their failure to ensure the safety and security of detainees and for lapses in protocol regarding the inspection of individuals bringing food into custody.