June 08, Colombo: Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province C.V. Vigneswaran has today spoken about the deployment of armed forces in the North at a media briefing in Colombo.
Vigneswaran has said the people in the North would be happy if the armed forces were withdrawn from the Province. He has attributed this sentiment to several allegations levelled against the army.
The news conference was held at the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDCB) head office where Public Order Minister John Amaratunga and NDCB Chairman Nilanga Samarasinghe held a discussion to educate the public on eradicating the drug menace that is taking root in the North.
However, Vigneswaran has been quoted in the media calling for an impartial investigation to ascertain whether the continued deployment of the army after the 30-year armed conflict had ended was a contributory factor in the introduction and distribution of narcotics drugs in the Northern Province.
According to the Chief Minister, there had not been problem about the use of heroin in the province before 2009 during the reign of the terrorist group LTTE.