Apr 25, 2019

Easter Sunday attack: Allegations against East Governor Featured

TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran addressing the emergency regulations debate in parliament yesterday said the connection between the Governor of the Eastern Province M. L. A. M. Hisbulah and the National Thowheed Jamaath must be investigated. Sumanthiran said that that the connection between the Governor and this group is a huge issue, in relation to the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

He noted that all connections this terrorist group has had with various other politicians and previous defence officials must also be investigated

Hisbulla who was a National List MP was appointed as the Eastern Province Governor by President Maithripala Sirisena recently.

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Meanwhile, Minister Kabir Hashim said that the person who was responsible for having caused damage to Buddhist statues in Mawanella and Kandy last December had been arrested and later released.
It was reported that there was political pressure to have this person released.

Commending the action taken by Kabir Hashim MP Sumanthiran said that “The Muslim people have repeatedly complained about these extremist activities. Years ago, Muslim groups raised the issue of radicalization with government intelligence officials, and appealed that steps be taken to halt this process.Further, in 2017 they even held a demonstration in Kattankudy and asked that Zaharan be arrested. I must commend the brave conduct of Parliamentarian Kabir Hashim, who has set a great example for all of us.”

Following the October 26 crisis where Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was ousted from his position and reinstated later as a result of the massive political crisis, Sumanthiran said the issue of the President keeping the Police Department under his charge, was illegal. “This is clearly unconstitutional. The Police came under a separate Ministry called Law and Order when the 19th Amendment was passed. The Constitution identifies only three subjects that the President can hold: Defence, Mahaweli and Environment. Law and Order is not one of those. By unlawfully holding on to this portfolio, the President has now become the first person who should take responsibility for these attacks that could have been prevented.” Sumanthiran also said.

According to official figures, the number killed during the Easter Sunday terror attacks stand at 359. The Police said that so far around 60 persons have been arrested in connection with these incidents.

There is criticism against the President as the Law and Order Minister and the Defence Minister for failing to prevent this deadly attack.
Participating in yesterday’s parliamentary debate MP Sumanthiran directly pointed fingers at the President regarding these incidents.

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