The directive comes after a top officer who had reportedly received death threats fled the island nation [File: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]

Sri Lanka has put airports on alert to stop police detectives leaving without permission after a top officer who had reportedly received death threats fled the island nation, police said.

The alleged threats against inspector Nishantha Silva came after the November 16 election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was under investigation by him.

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Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said on Tuesday the names of 704 Criminal Investigation Division (CID) officers had been sent to immigration authorities.

“The move is to ensure that no officer leaves the country without following the proper procedure of obtaining permission for overseas travel,” he said.

The directive came after Silva left

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