Written by Zulfick Farzan
26 Mar, 2021 | 6:35 pm
Colombo (News 1st); ‘The only way the country can be certain the 2019 April 21st Attacks will never be repeated is when the conspiracy revealed to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry by those in top national security posts, is made public,” said Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake on Friday (26).
Zaharan Hashim’s close associate Naufer Maulavi was arrested in Dambulla shortly after the attacks and a statement was recorded from him by the PCoI Police Unit, said Dissanayake adding, however, Naufer Maulavi never testified at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.
“I believe certain sections of the conspiracy could be uncovered from the statement,” he said.
“During the period of the 52-Day government, two police officers were killed in Vavuniathivu, and their weapons were taken away. An ex-LTTE cadre who was subject to rehabilitation named Anjanan was arrested for the crime. Several days later the Intelligence Service informs the CID of a jacket left at an annicut close to the scene of the crime. CID personnel with a K9 Unit visit the crime scene and the K9 Unit led the officers to Anjanan,” said Dissanayake.
“It is clear this was one step in leading investigations on Zaharan’s terror activities in a separate direction,” he alleged.
“They planned to attack several hotels, but the Taj was not attacked. The suicide bomber was seen taking a phone call. However, none of the intelligence reports or investigation reports have managed to trace to whom that call was made. Yet, a few hours after the attacks the bomber goes to a lodge in Dehiwala and Military Intelligence personnel directly go to his residence,” said the MP.
The people need to know how that happened, stressed the MP.
‘Another person called Zaharan (Zaharan 02) who is currently in custody had contacted a spokesperson for ISIS in Indonesia. He had requested that ISIS claim responsibility for the attacks. Interestingly, a foreign intelligence service provides Sri Lanka with the IMEI number of a specific mobile phone, and based on that Zaharan 02 called a person in Malaysia and questioned the delay in ISIS claiming responsibility,” he added.
Anura Kumara Dissanayake said ISIS had refused to claim responsibility as the local terror group had not made the pledge and later the video of the pledge was released and it was only after that did ISIS claim responsibility.
“Who did he speak to? These details must be uncovered,” he said.
“The Criminal Investigations Department had informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry about the owner of the phone number, behind closed doors. And therefore, we need to know who pleaded with ISIS to claim responsibility for the attacks,” said Dissanayake.
“In early April 2019, several events had taken place including the implosion of a motorcycle on the eastern coast. The explosive material was moved to the east from the west. Thereafter explosives were also moved to Panadura. But, none of these are revealed.,” pointed out the MP.
If these details are uncovered, we will be able to understand the conspiracy that the Ex-President, Intelligence Services, and His Eminence the Cardinal mentioned to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, he said.
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