Sri Lanka Army : The “Professional” Force and my lost identity card
Posted by sadeepa palliyaguru on March 19, 2009
I was a great fan of Sri Lanka army up to today. I have participated in a walk to pay tribute to soldiers, had written on behalf of them in various online forums, has donated material and assisted different campaigns to support Sri Lankan defense forces. (Just look at my previous post to find out about the walk, here is a youtube video).
I have lost my NIC and due to the different bottlenecks obtaining a new one has been extremely difficult. They have stopped the one day service and from the police station which has a broken type writer to type the certified entry copy everywhere i had to face many delays in obtaining a copy.
Today i was stopped at a check point while i was proceeding to my work. I have been stopped at check points without my ID and in most of places i have met people with required intelligence level to realize that this is a geniune case. I had a photo copy of my previous ID and today they detained that copy at the check point. This copy was very useful in most checkpoints and today they kept it after speaking very harshly to me.
This country considers defense forces heros. I was deeply moved watching the alleged Oddusudan attack thinking about the risks they undergo daily. I myself has wished i could join the defense forces.
My experience today changed my view of defense forces. If the Sri Lankan army officers at Colombo could be this much irrational and inhuman , how can those at Vanni and PTK be the “professional” force caring for the civilians ? We know the “professional” behaviour of Sri Lanka police, due to the large number of HR petitions filed against them and i dont think SLA and other forces are that much bad.
People consider the army heros. I still belive that they are real heros. If the heros at the check point gave back my ID copy it would have been really helpful. What to do … ? All heros have their weaknesses right !
What do you think ?