A senior police officer attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who led investigations into high profile cases, has been transferred to the Field Force Headquarters, it was reported today.
ASP B.S. Tissera was transferred out of the CID on Friday, the Police Headquarters has said.
An officer at the Police Headquarters told The Sunday Morning that the transfer order was issued by Acting IGP C.D. Wickremeratne.
“The IGP issued the transfer order. The reasons for the transfer is unknown to me,” the officer said.
ASP Tissera oversaw probes into the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga and the assault on journalist Keith Noyahr and Upali Tennakoon.
He was also investigating the incident in which citizens were shot at during a protest demanding clean drinking water in Rathupaswala in 2013.
ASP Tissera’s transfer is pending the approval of the National Police Commission.
The Police Media Unit has been disbanded as a result of which a comment could not be obtained from an official police spokesman over the transfer.