Eastern Province Chief Minister banned from entering military camps

Television footage showed the Chief Minister verbally abusing the Navy officer on stage at the event after accusing him of failing to understand protocol.During the incident a child was also seen accidentally hit by the hand of the Chief Minister who even accused the Governor of failing to follow protocol.It was reported that the Chief Minister was angry over the failure by the organisers of the event, which included the Navy, to initially invite him on stage to present gifts to the children. Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed has been banned from entering military camps and the security forces will also not attend any functions attended by him.The move follows an altercation the Chief Minister had with a Navy officer in Sampur last week. The Eastern Province Chief Minister had verbally abused the Navy officer in public during the opening ceremony of a science lab and computer unit at the Sampur Maha Vidyalayam.US Ambassador Atul Keshap was a guest at the event while Governor of the Eastern Province, Austin Fernando was the Chief Guest. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) had earlier briefed President Maithripala Sirisena on the incident involving Ahamed. Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said yesterday the President was briefed over the incident after it was brought to his notice by the Navy. He had later made his way to the stage uninvited and confronted a Navy officer over the failure to invite him to distribute the gifts. (Colombo Gazette)