Police on alert over unverified threats

By Sarah Hannan

The Police are on alert over unverified threats including an alleged threat of possible terror attacks tomorrow (Monday) said to have been mentioned in an intelligence report sent to some parliamentarians and other officials.

The Police said that owing to the emergency regulations, when the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff is alerted to take precautionary measures to avoid security breaches, internal memos are urgently issued to the relevant authorities.

One such memo that was widely circulated through social media on the security status released to Directors of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) had also caught the attention of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

During Friday’s (10) Parliament session, where the country’s security status was discussed at length, Rajapkasa questioned the decision of opening schools and endangering the lives of innocent children even though the country’s security has not been restored completely.

“The letter circulated on social media was intended to be an internal communication that was conveyed to the SLTDA. By photographing and circulating it on social media, an employee at the SLTDA had breached security protocol,” Police Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara clarified.

Despite the memo explicitly requesting that it not be circulated on social media, an employee had photographed the memo and shared it on her social media profile. Following the incident, the employee who circulated the image was identified and has now been placed under investigation, the Police Spokesperson said.