CDS back in the country

Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, who left for Mexico last week, for an official visit, had arrived in the country this morning.

Earlier, the the Criminal Investigations Department summoned Admiral Wijegunaratne, to record a statement with regard to harbouring a suspect wanted in connection with the abduction of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009.

However, he left the country on September 10, to attend the 208th Independence Commemoration Ceremony of United Mexican States, representing Sri Lanka on the invitation of Mexican Defence Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda.

An official said earlier that the CDS had informed the CID in writing about the visit and had requested for another date to appear before the CID.

Ready to provide security to Gota if he requests: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government would provide police security to former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa if he requested.

He told parliament that if Mr. Rajapaksa thinks that his life was at risk, he could request for security.

“As I know, we may have to provide him security due to the rift in the joint opposition. Do not try to gain political advantages from this incident,” he said.

Mr. Wickremesinghe said he was surprised that opposition members who were silent when the common candidate’s security was removed during the presidential election, were now bothering about the President’s security.

He said both he and the President had ordered an investigation into the incident.

“CID will inform us on actions to be taken after the investigations. There is an investigation going on and we cannot reveal all the details right now,” he said

Two cops killed in accident in Galgamuwa

Two police officers aged 29 and 31were killed when their motorcycle collided head on with a cab in Galgamuwa on the Anuradhapura- Padeniya Main Road last night, Police said.

They said police officers attached to the Thambuththegama and Anuradhapura Police Stations were identified as residents of Ambanpola and Galle.

The cab driver surrendered to the Thambuththegama Police after the accident and later he was handed over to the Galgamuwa Police.