A group of policemen claimed that there was an attempt to attach them to the Special Task Force (STF).
A spokesman for the group claimed that they were under heavy pressure to serve with the elite paramilitary arm of the department. The Vavuniya based police top brass was in the process of bringing personnel less than 32 years under the command structure of the STF for deployment in operational areas for a two-year stint.
He severely criticized the move as it targets officers and men stagnating in the division due to the undue delay in re-activating the National Police Commission.
He emphasized that it would be counter productive to force officers to serve the STF.
He expressed the belief that the IGP would act on their complaint.
Vavuniya police dismissed the claim. A spokesman insisted that they did not force any officer to serve with the STF. Fielding questions, he said that there was a proposal to give the opportunity to a group of policemen to receive training under the purview of STF instructors. `It was a proposal,` he said, adding Vavuniya-based personnel were interviewed recently. Unfortunately they were not enthusiastic about the plan. This prompted authorities to drop the idea, he said, severely criticising colleagues for revealing the dispute to the media. The move was part of the strategy to strengthen the police deployed in operational areas amidst growing LTTE threat. `We are not preparing for hostilities but have to be prepared to face any eventuality,` he said.