UNP Deputy General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said in Colombo yesterday that with the National Police Commission rendered inactive, lists are reportedly being prepared at `Temple Trees` to effect the transfers of a large member of police officers, including one hundred officers in charge of police stations.
Mr. Attanayake further charged that President Mahinda Rajapakse who came into power with a pledge to create a `New Sri Lanka` was now attempting to create a `Police Government` by making the Police Department an institution subservient to politicians.
Participating in the media discussion held yesterday afternoon at the Opposition Leader`s official residence at Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Mr. Attanayake further expressed concern that President Rajapakse and the Alliance Government were not at all concerned about the implementation of the Independent Commissions.
?The IGP has earlier agreed not to effect police transfers until the establishment of the National Police Commission. But today, police officers are being transferred arbitrarily?, he said, adding that arbitrary transfers of other public officers too were taking place.
?Such injustices did not take place during the last four years. Consequent to the functioning of the Independent Commissions, the Police and the public service remained impartial,? he said, adding that President Rajapakse`s government was taking action to politicize the Army in addition to the Police and the rest of the public service?.
Earlier, the services of those holding senior positions in the Army were extended beyond specified periods on the recommendation of heads of divisions. But through a gazette notification issued under the hand of Mr. Rajapakse the authority had been transferred to the President, Mr. Attanayake claimed.
?Although the Army should be loyal to the government, it should not be under servitude to any political party. Army officers should not be forced to run after politicians seeking extension of their services?, he said and added that it was dangerous to create divisions within the Army.