Army Commander denies Northern CM’s claims of excessive deployment in North


The inaugural religious ceremony, the precursor to a series of commemorative events lined up in connection with the forthcoming Army Day (Oct 10) and 68th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Army took place on Thursday (28) at Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of Tooth) in Kandy.

Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army as the Chief Guest for the occasion carried the Buddha Pooja for offering and afterwards joined the Sangeeka Daana (alms-giving) to a total of 68 members of the Maha Sangha.

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY: Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt.Gen. Mahesh Senanayake on Thursday denied in Kandy the allegation leveled by Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran there were 180,000 troops stationed in the North and the East.

The Army Commander so said after attending the army flag blessing ceremony at Sri Dalada Maligawa to mark the army’s 68th anniversary, which falls on Oct. 10.

Troops were deplored after studying the situations of the respective sectors and their requirements, Lt.Gen. Senanayake said, adding that statistics of the Sri Lanka army were available with the Defence Ministry and the Treasury.

Fielding questions from journalists, the Army Commander said the army had contributed largely to the development process of the North and the East after the conclusion of the war.

He said the visit of Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Wigneswaran to Kandy was a welcome step taken as the Chief Minister could gain an understanding of the people in the South.

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