“Army Refused Last Minute Orders To Deploy Troops In Capital City” - Rajitha

Army Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya told media today that there was no threat to military in the North following the election.

Speaking at a press conference in Colombo, the Army Spokesman said no LTTE flags were displayed in the north after election results were released.

“No stones were pelted at army camps and no violence was reported in the University of Jaffna” the Army Spokesman also added.

Former Minister Rajitha Senaratne and Athuraliye Rathana Thera also addressed the same press conference in the presence of the Army Spokesman.  

Senaratne said military refused to follow orders to deploy troops in the capital city of Colombo. According to Senaratne it was Army Commander Daya Rathnaike who refused to comply with orders pertaining to deployment of military.

It was alleged that the former administration had a plan to retain power through emergency regulations. The former Minister said it was shot down by the state officials who defied orders that came from the top at the last moment.

Senaratne also said that websites will not be blocked hereafter and telephones will not be tapped in the guise of surveillance.

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