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State Minister explains why he requested for ASP Perera’s transfer

State Minister Arundika Fernando has acknowledged that he had requested for the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) attached to Wennappuwa, Eric Perera to be transferred.

State Minister Fernando confirmed that he had sent a letter to Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera in December 2020, calling for the transfer.

He said he had called for ASP Perera’s transfer based on various allegations raised by the public, that was brought to his notice.

Stating that ASP Eric Perera was a good Police officer, State Minister Fernando said however he had no choice but to take action on the allegations.

“ASP Perera is a resident of Wennappuwa and should be transferred because according to the law, a Police officer cannot work in a station in which he is a resident of. Also, he was not attending the development committees in the Wennappuwa and Dankotuwa areas and the public was annoyed about that. During these committees, I was concerned about drug related issues and the big time drug dealers who handle the drug rackets. ASP Perera was never concerned about the big time drug dealers; he only arrested small time drug dealers. He also tried to arrest some of these small time drug dealers under fake charges. How ethical is that?” State Minister told to media.

He said the Police Department may have commenced an investigation based on his letter, and had thereafter transferred ASP Perera in march 2021. As per the letter submitted by State Minister Arundika Fernando, he has requested for the ASP to be transferred out of Chilaw.

The transfer of ASP Eric Perera had recently caused much controversy, with many raising allegations of political motive, media reported.

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