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Police discipline in Sri Lanka is to go back to the lap of the National Police Commission (NPC) as police behavior shows no hint of improvement under the Inspector General of Police. Police discipline in Sri Lanka is to go back to the lap of the National Police Commission (NPC) as police behavior shows no hint of improvement under the Inspector General of Police. “Disciplinary control of all police officers except the Inspector General of Police (IGP), including those of officers below the rank of Inspector of Police, would again fall under the domain of the NPC,” said a press release by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), on Thursday.

This reverses an earlier decision to allow the IGP to discipline officers below the rank of inspector.

The AHRC says Chairperson of the NPC, Ranjith Abeysuriya announced the change, on August 20 after talks with human rights groups including the AHRC, Law Society and Trust and the World Organisation Against Torture.

Meanwhile dealing with cases of police torture “will be the top priority.”

In 2003, 15 percent of complaints received by the NPC was on police torture, while 40 per cent related to inaction on public complaints.

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