Former IGP says there are undisclosed events surrounding 2019 Attacks

Former IGP says there are undisclosed events surrounding 2019 Attacks

Former IGP says there are undisclosed events surrounding 2019 Attacks

Written by Zulfick Farzan

18 Oct, 2020 | 11:09 pm

Colombo (News 1st): Sri Lanka’s Former Police Chief said there are many undisclosed events related to the 2019 April 21st Attacks and he would expose the details of these claims at a later date.

Ex-IGP Pujith Jayasundara told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe the 2019 April 21st Attacks on Saturday (17) Sri Lanka Police operated amidst turbulent conditions and there were instances where the operations were obstructed.

These relate to money from overseas, funding, betrayal of informants, steering investigations in the wrong direction and other mysterious reasons, said Jayasundara.

The Former IGP said he was expelled from the National Security Council based on puerile reasons adding the authorities at the time created a situation where the officer who was summoned to the NSC to represent the Police Chief was warned not to share details with him.

During Saturday’s (17) testimony, Pujith Jayasundara questioned if the Presidential Commission is examining his evidence on the presumption that the IGP alone must be held responsible the terror attacks.

He revealed to the PCoI, on the 19th of April 2019 he received two separate reports to his residence from the Sri Lanka Police Special Branch and the State Intelligence Service.

He admitted under oath, the SIS report stated the motorcycle explosion in Palamkuda, Kattankudy on the 16th of April 2019 was a dry-run carried out by Zaharan, and instructions were given to conduct investigations based on the chassis number in order to locate the owner of the motorcycle and trace the suspects.

He stated the SIS report mentioned about tracing suspects in order to prove Foreign Intelligence claims stating an attack would be carried out on the 04th of April 2019.

It was further revealed at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that Pujith Jayasundara had ordered the Criminal Investigations Department to take necessary action with regard to the SIS report on the motorcycle explosion and to revert with a progress report on the 5th of May, after entering his office following the attacks on the 21st of April 2019.

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