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Justice for Easter attack masterminds long overdue – Anura Kumara Dissanayake

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The Government has failed to reveal the masterminds of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks even after 1,000 days, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said.

Addressing a public meeting titled “A Promise of Recovery, to a Shattered Nation” on Saturday, the JVP Leader pointed out that many harbour doubts whether the attack was a conspiracy to grab power, adding that his Party too has the same doubt.

“Things that should not have occurred had happened in this country before and after the elections. For political mileage, some parties fanned ethnic tensions and mistrust between communities. Over 260 innocent lives were lost and another 500 people were injured as a result of the Easter Sunday attacks. Not only the Catholic community, but also the voters belonging to other religious faiths expected this Government to bring the culprits to book. However, justice is still awaited and the masterminds of the attacks are still not revealed,” he said.

Commenting on the recent incident of discovering a hand grenade at the Borella All Saints’ Church, the MP pointed out that the Police immediately arrested a person, who was attached to the Church for many years as a cleaner, but failed to notice the suspicious behaviour of another, who arrived in the Church in the morning until Archbishop Cardinal Ranjith showed it to the media.

“Can we expect the Police to be this naïve? Our police personnel are highly efficient and they trace suspects within one or two days. This gives the doubt that this omission of detail by the Police was done purposely,” he added.

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