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* Sri Lankan government asked to provide reasons for police officers' transfer after raid on casino
Mon, Dec 9, 2013, 10:06 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 09, Colombo: Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake of Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), has called on the government to provide a detailed response on the transfer of 23 police officers of the Police Organized Crimes Division following a raid on an illegal gaming center in Colombo.

Dissanayake explained to parliament that there was a need for a detailed response on the matter since various people affiliated to the government have made different statements on the reason for the transfer of the police officers.

The police officers were transferred shortly after they raided a casino in Town Hall area in Colombo that was operated by persons allegedly affiliated with the government.

Dissanayake explained that the police spokesperson had said they were transferred, as they had served for over a year in the Unit, while another version said that the officials were involved in the harassment of a Muslim businessman and his family in the Piliyandala area, which led to their transfer. A third version by Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne said the officers were transferred because they were inefficient.

The JVP MP questioned as to when and who had made the decision that police officers who served in a particular area for over a year are to be transferred.

"I am saying with responsibility that two of those transferred officials have served less than a year," Dissanayake told parliament.

He also asked if the officers were deemed inefficient because they had conducted the raid on the casino.

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