Apr 25, Colombo: Immediately after the Emergency Regulations granted additional powers to security forces Sri Lanka's Army troops have been deployed to strengthen the security across the country.
The Army Media Unit said after the gazette notification conferred the powers of search, detention or arrest any person without a warrant, hundreds of Army Officers and Other Ranks immediately took up position around the country yesterday on the instructions of respective Commanders of Security Forces, General Officers Commanding and Brigade Commanders.
The parliament passed the Emergency Regulations, which gives police and the military new powers to detain and interrogate suspects without a court's approval, without a vote on Wednesday.
The troops have begun foot patrols, vehicle patrols, road blocks, sentry points, mobile patrols, static duties and random road checks.
In addition, a number of sentry points, road blocks, vehicle checks, mobile patrols and static duty points are now in operation day and night with the participation of Officers and Other Ranks.
Security Force Headquarters - West (SFHQ-West) has deployed 37 Officers and 1783 Other Rankers covering the Western Province. The troops have begun foot patrols, vehicle patrols and static patrols in all major cities and suburbs of Colombo.
The foot patrols cover railway stations, churches, temples, power stations, state buildings, hospitals, hotels, bus stands, television centers, oil tanks, water tanks, water purifying centers, highways, public markets, bridges, Police stations and all other vulnerable points in close coordination with sister services and the Police. In addition, all embassies and diplomatic missions have also been provided necessary security, the Army said.
Meanwhile, Security Force Headquarters - East (SFHQ-E) has deployed 45 officers and 1136 other rankers in most central areas of the Eastern province while 52 officers and 970 troops under the Security Force Headquarters - Wanni (SFHQ-W) have provided a comprehensive security blanket to important and populous areas in the Wanni region including all religious sites in Anuradhapura.
Security Forces - Kilinochchi (SF-KLN) has deployed 10 Officers and 491 Other Rankers while 28 Officers and 454 Other Rankers of the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) have been deployed.