Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that 154 police security personnel have been assigned to the security detail of former President and current Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Prime Minister said the security personnel are provided to former presidents based on threat assessment reports submitted by the intelligence units.
The Premier was responding to a request made by the Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardena to enhance the former president’s security when participating at JO election rallies for the local government elections.
Prime Minister said the former president Rajapaksa has been provided with 154 security personnel that include an ASP, a Chief Inspector, 9 inspectors, 14 sub inspectors, 31 police sergeants, 2 female Sergeants, 4 Police Sergeant Drivers, 73 Police Constables, 14 Police Constable Drivers, 4 Female Police Constables and the necessary vehicles based on the threat level on his life.
He pointed out that the former president Chandrika Kumaratunga is provided with only 61 police personnel.
The Premier noted that no formal request had been made to the Law and Order and Southern Development Ministry to increase the Rajapaksa’s security. However, if such a request is made it would be considered, the Premier added.