Overall operations commander, A’Pura
Following the LTTE attack on the Anuradhapura Air Force Base, the
Defence Ministry has appointed Major General Sanath Karunaratne, as the
Overall Operations Commander, Anuradhapura with immediate effect,
Defence Ministry sources said.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has approved this appointment today to
strengthen security in the area, the sources added.
Accordingly General Karunaratne will be in charge of overall
operations of the Sri Lanka Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Civil
Security Department, Commercial Security Agencies and Intelligence
Agencies in Anuradhapura. Karunaratne currently functions as the General
Officer Commanding of the 11 Division of the Sri Lanka Army, based in
Panagoda. Puttalam, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts do not come
under the command of the 11 Division.
The appointment has been made with the recommendation from the
President in parallel with the appointment of Major General Lawrence
Fernando, the Overall Operations Commander of Western Province.