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Police administration in North continues in ‘Sinhala Only’

[TamilNet, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:13 No Comment]

Police administration in police stations and in courts in the North and East continue only in Sinhalese language causing immense difficulties to public as their complaints and statements are recorded in Sinhalese, a language not known to them, sources in Jaffna said. Despite the repeated insistence by magistrates in the North police administration is still carried out in Sinhalese language as the police officers being Sinhalese are not proficient in Tamil language to record complaints or statements in the language of the people. Six moths ago, Mahinda Rajapakse government had made great publicity of appointing Tamils in the police stations in the North and had held interviews to select candidates for training but nothing has come out of it, sources in Jaffna said.

Jaffna Superintendent of Police, commenting on appointing Tamils as police officers in Jaffna, said that there has been no further information about the appointments from the Police Head Office in Colombo.

Announcements had been made in the local media in Jaffna calling applications for police posts and hundreds of young men women had applied and appeared for interviews.

The appointment of Tamil police officers in the North seems to have been abandoned by Colombo authorities.

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