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COLOMBO (News 1st) – Multiple Senior Police Officers including several DIGs have been given transfers with immediate effect.The National Police Commission has approved the transfers that were made based on urgent service requirements.Sri Lanka Police said that DIG K.

B. D. A. Karawita who was in charge of the Police Legal Division was transferred to the Crimes Division.The Police Media Division said that DIG J.

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