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Public support vital to ensure security - IGP

COLOMBO: Public support is vital to provide national security and the public played a vital role in assisting the Security Forces to enforce law and order in the country, IGP Victor Perera said yesterday.

Addressing a ceremony held at Police Headquarters to reward the civilians who informed about the claymore mines in Wellawatte and Kadawata, IGP Perera said their assistance should be appreciated and rewarded.

The public are vigilant and have an important role to perform in providing security to the country, Perera said.

"Two major tragedies were averted in Wellawatta and Kadawatha by some vigilant civilians. These acts should be rewarded to show their effort to the world."

He said that the public support is essential in the fight against terrorism. When the public are conscious and vigilant the terrorists will fail in their attempts.

Nanayakkara Namal who identified the claymore mine in Wellawatta close to the railway station on October 4 and informed the police was rewarded with Rs.100,000. Police Constable Sunil who acted fast to provide security was also rewarded with a promotion.

A private company's garbage cleaner M.A.M. Jaseen who identified the claymore mine in Kadawatha, on October 19 and informed police was rewarded with Rs.150,000.

The garbage tractor driver, a three wheeler driver and a civilian who assisted to inform about the claymore mine, each were rewarded with Rs.25,000.

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