Monday, April 29, 2019



Fifty Nine Suspects Including Nine Females Had Been Arrested Over Easter Sunday Bombings

Fifty nine suspects had been so far
arrested over the Easter Sunday bombings and currently being questioned  at Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and Terrorism Investigations Division (TID)according to Police Media Spokesman Superintendent Of Police (SP)Ruwan Gunasekare.

Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo this evening (29)Police Media spokesman has stated that 44 out of the 59 suspects including 07 females are being questioned in CID and 15 suspects including 02 females are being questioned at TID.

CID had arrested most wanted female suspect of the Easter Sunday Bombings Fathima Lathifa who is the wife of one of the Easter sunday bombers at Mawanella during the weekend he has stressed.

A Lawyer Filed A Petition At Supreme Court Against Government Over Not Avoiding The Easter Sunday Bombings

Attorney at Law Nagananda
Kodithuwakku who is under three year career ban has today (29)filed a Petition at Supreme Court in hulftsdorf ,Colombo by claiming Government has violated peoples Humanatarian rights through not avoiding the Easter Sunday bombings occurred in Colombo and Batticaloa although an intelligence unit report  received prior to the attacks.

In his petition Attorney At Law Kodithuwakku has named President Maithripala Sirisena ,Prime Minister Ranil Wikramasimghe ,Former Defense Secrerary Hemasiri  Fernando ,Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapalshe and director of the Tellecomunication Regulatory commission as the respondents of the case.

The petitioner has requested the Supreme Court to issue a warrent ordering the government to pay compansations to those who were killed and injured due to the bombings
He has  argued that the government can be punished under the penal code over not taking any action to prevent the Bombings .

Five Anti Aircraft Cartrdges And A Detornator Recovered From Welipanna

Police have recovered 05  eight inch
long Anti Aircraft Cartridges and a detonator at a Muslim Village in "Ramaya  "road ,Welipanna this morning   (29).

Special Police Task Force (STF) personal have defused the Anti Aircraft cartridges believes to be left there by someone.No one was arrested regarding the incident. 

These Carbridges  and Deternator had been recovered accordance to the information received by an Intelligence official in Western Province. 



Two Persons Attached To Extremist Group "Thawheeth Jamaath"Arrested In Armour Street

Two members of the Extremist Group
"National Thowheeth Jamaath" had been arrested with Five Foreign Passports ,12 Mobile Phones ,A stock of CD's containing ideologies of "Thawheeth Jamaath"group and other equipment in possession at a Flat in Armour street ,Colombo today (29)by the Armour Street police.

Police have also taken in to custody a Tab computer in possession of the suspects.The five passports recovered in possession of the suspects are belonging to two females and three males according to Police.

The raid had been carried out accordance to information received  by the police  regarding the suspects from the people in the area.

The chief suspect of the Easter Sunday bombings Mohommad Zahran Hashim had visited the flat where the suspects have  stayed in  few weeks ago it has been revealed  

Police Are Carrying Out Search Operations To Find Out Three Burka Clad Females And A Male Who Had Purchased White Cloths Prior To Easter Sunday Attacks

Police are carrying out investigations in
search of   the Three females and a male who had purchased 9 white Blouse and Skirt kits from a Cloth shop at Giriulla prior to the Easter Sunday attacks which killed more than 250 persons and the Van they have arrived in.

Out of the 09 Blouse- Skirt kits purchased from the shop 04 had been missing whilst 05 were recovered during a search operation carried out by forces at the safe house in Seindumaridu ,Kalmunai following the suicide bomb blasts occurred there .

According to CCTV camera footages of the Shop in Giriulla area where three women and a male had been seen purchasing White Blouse -Skirt kits by spending Rs..30,000 on 15 th of April ,the three females who purchased cloths worn Burkas covering their whole body and faces .

Police have suspected the white cloths may have been purchased to launch an  attack at a funeral of Easter Sunday bomb blast victim else at a Buddhist temple.

Curfew Re Imposed In Kalmunai,Chawalakade And Samanthurai Areas

Curfew again imposed in
Kalmunai,Chawalakade and Samanthurai areas (Eastern Province)from 6 p.m today(29)and will be lifted at 8 a.m tomorrow (30)according to Police.

Curfew was imposed in these areas since 5 p.m last evening (28)and has been lifted at 8 a.m this morning (29).This move has been taken to restore security in these areas following last friday's suicide bomb blasts occurred at a safe house in Seindumaridu,Kalmunai.

Due to the blasts and gun fire exchange between extremists belonging to Thowheeth Jamaath organization and Forces 15 extremists had been killed and two others had been injured and hospitalized .

The family members of the chief suspect of Easter Sunday attacks Mohommad Zahran Hashim were among those killled during the incidents .

Meanwhile it has been revealed that a group of around 15 who were killed due to suicide bomb explosions and gun fire exchange in Seindumaridu had arrived in Kalmunai from Ampara due to search operations carried out by government forces there.

However as the residents of the area have suspected their activities they have informed police regarding them which led to search operation carried out by forces in the safe house.

After learning that residents around had informed police on them the extremists had shouted at residents and told "We are fighting for you,But you were betrayed us".The extremists then thrown Rs.5000 notes towards the residents it has been revealed. 

President Has Sent IGP Pujith Jayasundara On Compulsory Leave And Appointed Senior Police DIG C.D Wikramaratne As Acting IGP

President Maithripala Sirisena has
today (29)sent Inspector General Of Police(IGP)Pujith Jayasundara on compulsory leave and appointed Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police(DIG)C.D Wikramaratne as the acting Inspector General Of Police(IGP).

President has sent IGP Jayasundara on compulsory leave as IGP has refused to resign from his post accordance the request made by president by taking responsibility of security lapses that led to Easter Sunday bombings.

President has informed Media heads during a meeting held last week in.Colombo that IGP Jayasundara may have resigned from his post on friday (26).However he has refused to resign and refrained from attending work last Saturday (27).

Meanwhile Former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who is now a Parliamentarian representing Governaning United National Party(UNP) has told in Parliament last week that IGP is not alone tesponsible  for the security lapses as State Intelligence report on the Easter Sunday  attacks should have been received by President Sirisena as well if it was received by former Defense Secretary under him Hemasiri Fernando.

Former Defense Secretary had resigned from  his post last week following  president's request to do so.

Former Army Commander Lt.General Shantha Kottegoda Appointed As New Defense Secretary

Former Army Commander S.H Shantha
Kottegoda has been today (29)appointed as the new Defense Ministry Secrerary by the President Maithripala Sirisena

He has been appoointed to the post following the resignation of
former Defense Secretary Hemasori Fernando.

New Defense Secretary Shantha Kottegoda has taken his letter of appointment from the President at a function held in President's office.

General Kottegoda was the seventeenth commander of the Sri Lanka Army .


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