State Minister Arundika Fernando confirmed that he had sent a letter to Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera in December 2020 to transfer Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Eric Perera.
He was attached to Wennappuwa police station. State Minister further explained why he had sent the letter of requesting to the transfer as various allegations raised by the public about the Some actions of the ASP.
“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 said.