Inspector General of Police, Dr. Mahinda Balasuriya has today resigned from the post.
Police Spokesperson SP Preshantha Jayakody stated earlier in the day that the IGP has expressed his desire to retire from service in order to pursue further studies in Russia.
However, the Defence Ministry by afternoon today confirmed that IGP Balasuriya has resigned from his post.
The Ministry stated that the IGP’s resignation creates history in public accountability in Sri Lanka.
According to police sources, Senior DIG N.K. Illangakoon was likely to be appointed as the next IGP.
Balsuriya’s resignation comes soon after the police attack on FTZ workers who were protesting against the proposed pension scheme in Katunayake two days ago. Two police officers have already been taken into custody over that attack that left a large number of workers injured.