Written by Staff Writer
11 Apr, 2016 | 7:40 pm
Inspector General of Police N.K. Illangakoon retired from his post on Monday, April 11. Illangakoon served for five years as the 33rd IGP of Sri Lanka. He joined the Police Department in 1980 as a sub-inspector and was a founding member of the Police Special Task Force.
He was actively involved in several war-time operations and held many ranks in the department, serving with distinction in many parts of the country.
Since being appointed Inspector General of Police on June 29, 2011, Illangakoon embarked on a mission to bring about a police service that is “closer to the people.”
Inspector General of Police, N.K. Illangakoon stated that he joined the SL Police on January 28,1980, with happiness, and 36 years later he is leaving with the same happiness. He made a final request to the officers, to ensure that they are committed to their service- and are committed to upholding the pride of the service.
Our correspondent questioned that there are accusations that the police and the IGP are under political authorities. In reply, the IGP noted that if he fulfills the task entrusted to him on behalf of the people, political intervention can be minimised.
Further, he noted that there are some regrets at instances where accusations were levelled against him but that he remained silent knowing the truth will become victorious some day. He also added that he has not yet made a decision if the government would offer him a position as an ambassador or the adviser. Journalists also raised questions regarding the controversial death of a youth in Embilipitiya.
Journalists also questioned the IGP regarding allegations that security forces were summoned to Temple Trees on the night of the presidential election last year, as part of a coup attempt.
The IGP noted that the CID conducted investigations regarding the matter and the files have been sent to the Attorney General’s Department.
Questions were also raised regarding accusations against the police.
The IGP noted that 84,000 personnel serve in the police and all are not the same. Imagine how difficult it is for the person who lived with his finger on the trigger to change his mindset to meekly asking “Sir, can you show me your driving licence?”. Even the person who writes complaints to the police, starts with ‘halt!’. Time must be given for mindsets to change.
The outgoing IGP was accorded a special guard of honour at the Police Field Force Headquarters this afternoon.
The President has submitted three nominees for the position of IGP, to the constitutional council. The nominees are S.M. Wickremasinghe, Pujith Jayasundera and C.D. Wickremaratne. The Constitutional Council will convene on April 18, following which their recommendation will be submitted to the President.
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