The Defence Ministry today cancelled leave and short passes granted to all Officers and Others Ranks of the  armed forces with immediate effect and directed  all personnel to report to their respective camps immediately.

All such personnel who are on leave at present should contact respective Officers-in-Charge with immediate effect in order to get additional instructions, the Information Department said in a news release.

The directives issued to Commanders of the Tri-Forces said that the decision to cancel all leave granted for Officers and Other Ranks was taken today. It was signed by Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne .