Dr. Mahinda Balasuriya, the former Inspector General of Police (IGP), died at the age of 68.
According to police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana, he died about 5.00 p.m. last evening while being treated at a private hospital in Narahenpita.
He said the details of Dr. Mahinda Balasuriya’s funeral would be revealed later.
Balasuriya, Sri Lanka’s 33rd IGP, had previously served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Brazil and the United Arab Emirates.
He was named as the Secretary of the Ministry of Law and Order in 2014.
He joined the police force as a probationary Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in 1978 and held numerous roles in the Sri Lanka Police Department, including becoming the highest police officer in charge of the country’s northern and eastern regions during the LTTE’s civil war.
In addition, Mahinda Balasuriya is credited with inventing the ‘119′ police emergency hotline service, which is now used throughout the world.