2000 appear for police recruitment interviews in the east

[TamilNet, Sunday, 24 August 2003, 18:39 GMT]
More than 2000 persons appeared for the two-day interview held by the Police Department Saturday and Sunday at Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Amparai, Kalmunai, Akkaraipattu, Muttur and Pottuvil police stations to recruit 550 new personnel for serving in the eastern province, said the eastern region Deputy Inspector General of Sri Lanka Police, Mr. Neville Wijesinghe. He said that the highest number of the youths attending the interview were from the Sinhalese community, and Muslim youths the second highest.

Police teams from Colombo visited the eastern police stations and held the interviews, according to the instruction by the Ministry of Defence, which followed representations made by Minister and the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Mr.Rauff Hakeem, that eastern Muslims should be provided with additional security, sources said.

In the Trincomalee district too, most of the youths appearing for the interview were Sinhalese, and Muslims were second highest, Trincomalee police sources said.

However, sources said the United National Front government had decided to recruit only 550 ‘Tamil speaking’ persons for the police service from the east. Of the 550, fifty will be chosen for the post of reserve sub inspector and the rest for the post of constable.

Meanwhile, Minister Hakeem, who returned from his overseas trip Sunday morning, told media persons in Colombo that he would meet the Prime Minister, Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe, Monday, accompanied by eastern SLMC parliamentarians, and discuss the security situation in the east and the plight of Muslims with him, sources in Colombo said.

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