Former Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathy Suriyaarachchi rejected the additional security provided to them on the grounds that they had no faith in the new set of officers provided by the Ministerial Security Division, sources said yesterday.
The duo, left with only two policemen each, after being stripped of their portfolios, went to the Human Rights Commission and complained that their lives were in danger due to the reduced security.
According to Ministerial Security Division sources, Mangala Samaraweera was provided with five additional policemen and Suriyarachchi three making it seven for the former and five for the latter.
Both former ministers turned down the offer and wanted the Ministerial Security Division to provide them the same police personnel who provided them security during their tenure as ministers. They had allegedly indicated that they did not have faith in the new officers sent by the MSD.
MSD sources said when the two ministers were stripped of their portfolios and their former security strength reduced, the recalled personnel had been posted for other security related work. Asked on whose instruction the two ex-ministers were provided additional security, the source said that it was on instructions from higher authorities.
The source also revealed that action was taken to provide the two ex-ministers with additional security from the time they complained of insufficient security and expressed dismay that they had now refused to accept them and were asking for their former personnel.
`It will be a cumbersome procedure to shuffle security men here and there to find the same old people who served the ministers earlier. This would need a lot of administrative work. Some of them may have been transferred to far off places. After all, what`s the difference? They all are well trained policemen attached to the Ministerial Security Division`, the source said.