Only 2000 army deserters surrendered out of 50,000 - SLA
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 June 2010, 16:26 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has extended the amnesty deadline for army
deserters till June 30. The amnesty period commenced on June 7.
Till now only about two thousand deserters have surrendered. Currently
about fifty thousand army deserters are at large in the
country, military spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasinghe said at
a media briefing Tuesday.
The problem of the Army deserters continues despite repeated offers
of amnesty causing imbalance in the society as some of them resort to
violence while some are believed to have become underworld criminals,
SLA sources said.
The deserters who report to the regiment headquarters with their
military and National Identity cards could retire from service
officially, between June 07 and 30.