IGP orders withdrawal of security to MPs in dissolved parliament
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 February 2010, 01:54 GMT]
The security provided to all Members of Parliament (MP) who served in
the dissolved parliament has been withdrawn with immediate effect on
the instructions of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mahinda
Balasuriya. He said the withdrawal follows the recent dissolution of
Parliament after which all MPs become ordinary citizens. Leaders of
the political parties are to lose their police security due to the
IGP’s order, sources in Colombo said. Meanwhile, opposition MPs said government parliamentarians continue to
enjoy the police security even after the IGP’s instruction.
The police spokesman, however, added that the security for Ministers and
Deputy Ministers will remain.
About one hundred MPs hold posts of
ministers and deputy ministers in the government led by President
He also said that the security will be restored following the General
elections in April to all elected MPs.
withdrawal of security is only to opposition parliamentarians, Mano
Ganeshan, Colombo district parliamentarian and the leader of the
Democratic Peoples Front (DPW) told media.