Cop who cracked down on protests picked to clean-up Sathosa

RanagalaA former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) who was best known for cracking down on protests by students and civil society in the past, has been appointed as a management expert to crackdown on corruption at state owned Sathosa.

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that former SSP Premalal Ranagala has been brought in to commence the clean-up of Sathosa in order to make the institution a viable entity again.

“Today I am appointing retired SSP Ranagala to ensure discipline among rank and file at Lanka Sathosa” the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said today.

Minister Bathiudeen made the announcement while addressing a special training session for 300 Sathosa area managers and managers held at the SLFI today.

“We have minimised Lanka Sathosa losses in a big way. Sathosa shops do not charge VAT from essential items. Computerisation of the Lanka Sathosa network has to go ahead. Computerisation clearly cuts down on costs and will eliminate pilfering, stealing and mishandling of stocks. I am appointing retired SSP Premalal Ranagala today to Lanka Sathosa as a management expert to ensure Lanka Sathosa discipline among rank and file. He will also personally investigate all corrupt and mishandling activities that are taking place within Sathosa. Area managers and managers need to focus on their tasks without worrying of loss of stocks and pilfering. Retired SSP Ranagala will ensure there will be no such events in future,” the Minister said.

Ranagala previously served in Colombo South, Ampara, Matara, and Badulla. He was also in-charge of the police 119 hotline response service. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Sathosa has, over the years, and with all governments, been used for political oriented employment and even political funding and activities. There instances where they buy at a high price, for the sake of earning illicit commissions, and are compelled to sell at low prices to satisfy the masses. Some goods have also perished due to substandard quality. Pilfering was also a common issue. There was also racket on vehicle purchasing vehicles some years ago and after. So, all this investigation and re-construction of management announcements will end with the same decay.

  2. How can anything good happen out of this ? The biggest crook within Sathosa the minister himself appoints someone to stop corruption. Who are you trying to fool Mr. Wilpattu ?

  3. Is this another cover up to close all the cupboards of SATHOSA having skeletons (corrupt deals) to hide what have taken place under the Yahapalana government? The Sathosa/CWE Trade Unions have been making much allegations about these rackets and they have also been reported in the TV channels and in the National newspapers. What is needed is a “HIGH LEVEL PROBE” that will help the Minister too as there are fingers pointed at the Minister too, by his constituents, and not the appointment of a retired SSP to be a watchdog of the corrupt activities.
    Noor Nizam. Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and Convener – The Muslim Voice.

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