16th September 2021 19:03:46 Hours
The Commanding Officer (CO) in the Mattakkuliya Army camp was removed from the command in less than 48 hours and the rest of the troops were immediately re-deployed elsewhere by General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army soon after the Sri Lanka Army Military Police confirmed the involvement of a few Army personnel in the said camp in the suspected murder at Mattakkuliya.
Extending the full cooperation of the Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police for conduct of Mattakkuliya Police investigations into the incident, the Army within hours initiated its own parallel investigations in order to ascertain the involvement of any Army personnel in the crime. During preliminary investigations, one Corporal, attached to the said Army camp was implicated in the murder along with a few more Army personnel, who have been now identified by the Police investigators.
The Commander of the Army on hearing of the incident on 12th September 2021 instructed relevant Army authorities to immediately take strict disciplinary action and suspend their duties with immediate effect if any Army personnel were found involved in accordance with ‘zero tolerance’ policy of the organization against criminal acts. (Ends)