STF personnel attached to the camp that covers the Hambantota, Tangalle and Medagama areas are reportedly engaged in extortion and other undesirable activities.
The STF camp had been established in Tangalle with the aim of providing additional security to the President and his relatives and people in the area have lodged many complaints against the personnel attached to the camp.
Although several personnel at the camp are directly linked to extortion rackets, the people are afraid to come forward to lodge official complaints against them. The police have accidentally come across an extortion incident involving two STF personnel and legal action has now been instituted against them.
Meanwhile, the Tissamaharama Police have arrested two STF personnel who have been fleeing after stealing a Rs. 3.5 million Valampuri shell from a businessman in Kirinda. Investigations have revealed that the two STF personnel had been suspended from work on a previous occasion for being involved in a similar incident.
Also, investigations carried out by the Hungama Police into two persons who were captured while trying to flee after breaking a gold chain worth Rs. 45,000 from lady in the Hungama area had been found to have been attached to the Tangalle STF camp.