IGP Mahinda Balasuriya retires expressing resentment over the police action in the Katunayake clash.
The IGP said he was dissatisfied in the manner in which the police acted during the clash which erupted on Monday with employees of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone. As such he said he decided to retire. Accordingly, his retirement will be effective from the 17th of this month. IGP Balasuriya will go down in history as the first senior state officer to retire following issues which had surfaced during controversial incidents related to national security. The Media Centre for National Security said he had decided to retire at the age of 58 despite having two more years to serve in his position.
IGP Balasuriya is a past pupil of Ananda College Colombo and joined as an Assistant Police Superintendent on 1st March 1978. From then onwards he had held several designations. He was appointed as the 32nd IGP in Sri Lanka on 2nd November 2009. He has graduated in Chemistry from the Peradeniya University.