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By Saman Indrajith
A Cabinet decision on Monday to grant 87 police officers suspected of being politically victimized with promotions and salary increases angered many senior and junior ranks in the police department.
A senior police officer said The island that 87 police officers and other ranks were trying to get promotions and salary increases by claiming they were political victims.
The officer said: “According to the Cabinet document, the list contains the names of 87 officers and men. Among them are six retired officers including a Senior DIG, banned for his alleged involvement in a murder case.
There are a lot of bans for disciplinary reasons. There are four senior DIGs, seven DIGs, 11 SSPs, four SPs, eight ASPs, 27 CIs, five IPs, five SIs, six sergeants, four officers, one WSI and a police driver. They are now trying to get promotions claiming political victimization. It is unfair on the part of those with an exemplary record of conduct and service. This demoralized many officers and men in the department.
“Among those on the list is a senior officer punished for breach of duty. Under his watch, a bottle of water was smuggled into the closed protective circle of then president Maithripala Sirisena.
“They appeared before a committee appointed shortly after the current government came to power and said they had been politically victimized. They are trying to get promotions. Last February, they tried to have the list processed and submitted to Cabinet, but officials from the Department of Public Safety suspended it saying they had to study it. It was presented at Monday’s Cabinet meeting and got approval.
Another senior officer said: “One of those who will be promoted to the rank of senior DIG official, citing political victimization, cites as the reason a transfer of punishment inflicted on him when Pujith Jayasundara was the IGP. The officer is a DIG and was caught with his lover by his wife, who asked the IGP to transfer the man to her to save their family. He was transferred to Mannar. Now this DIG says he was politically victimized and tried to be denied promotions and other benefits due to his indiscipline and behavior unbecoming an officer.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Security said the ministry had received complaints that the list of alleged victims included officers who had obtained promotions, transfers and salary increases during the Yahapalana government, claiming political victimization under the previous administration.