Extremist practices still widespread in Kattankudi: Witness

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Though Easter Sunday suicide attack mastermind Zahran Hashim had been eliminated, extremist practices are still being conducted in the Kattankudi area, Secretary to the Alhaj Abdul Jawaadh Alim Waliyyullah Trust, Mohammed Zailan told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into Easter Sunday attacks yesterday.

Alhaj Abdul Jawaadh Alim Waliyyullah Trust represents the Sufis, the traditional Muslims in Sri Lanka.

Testifying before the Commission, the witness said that Wahhabi teaching is still widespread at Madrasas in Kattankudi and there were occasions where lecturers from India had engaged conducting lectures on Wahhabism.

He said Wahhabists operate 10 to 15 mosques in Kattankudi and around 15,000 followers go to these mosques.

The witness also said that Wahhabists receive foreign funding and that the environment in Kattankudi had changed drastically within last 25 years.

He also said that Zahran Hashim had signed agreements with the representatives of five political parties including UPFA and UNP before the 2015 General Elections.

“Representatives from SLMC, UNP, UPFA and National Front for Good Governance (NFGG) signed agreement with Zahran to conduct political campaigns and as well as with National Thawheed Jamaat (NTJ),” he told the Commission.

The representatives who signed the agreement on behalf of the parties are M.L.A.M. Hizbullah (UPFA), Shibly Farook (SLMC), A.L.M. Ruby (UNP), and Abdul Rahman (NFGG), he added.

The witness pointed out that Zahran Hashim had pledged his support to former President Maithripala Sirisena during the 2015 Presidential election. (Yoshitha Perera)

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  • Rex Jarkie Thursday, 18 June 2020 06:32 AM

    WHAT ACTION BEEN TAKEN ?????????????????????

    Truth Thursday, 18 June 2020 06:57 AM

    "The witness pointed out that Zahran Hashim had pledged his support to former President Maithripala Sirisena during the 2015 Presidential election." And Sirisena says he is not RESPONSIBLE. Not only Sirisena, Ranil and Mahinda too are CULPABLE. There is a legal case PENDING against all three of them.

    BigEars Thursday, 18 June 2020 07:38 AM

    Extremist religious practices are islandwide. The people who visited temples and asking Lord Buddha for help by building extension, watering big trees are also fall into the extremist category.

    Bhatiya Siriwardena Thursday, 18 June 2020 08:11 AM

    Now this tells the true side of the story, I believe. Nothing has been done to remove Islam extremism and special marriage law for them. Pathetic

    Roshanaly Thursday, 18 June 2020 11:51 AM

    Election closer, these stories will come up and vanish after the election. It is extremist who bought the Buddhist together.

    Gayan Thursday, 18 June 2020 12:00 PM

    Telling the truth is considered Racist in Sri Lanka.

    Shown Thursday, 18 June 2020 05:03 PM

    Common !an doesn't know who is belong to Saharan 's misguided group and who are not, scared to do any dealings with them all

    Moharram Thursday, 18 June 2020 08:24 PM

    I am an Egyptian Muslim. I do not like Wahhabism. I love beautiful Sri Lanka to be peaceful

    Gamarala Thursday, 18 June 2020 09:31 PM

    Sufi Sailan says terrorist Zahran supported UPFA of which Mahinda was part of it. So he has supported Mahinda.

    Nan Thursday, 18 June 2020 11:03 PM

    Everyone speaking on blast killings only, if not farsighted preaching of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, hate attacks, could be on mosques and they could use, their swords arsenal, it will spread throughout whole nation , to avoid it, we sll should thank to his eminence cardinal

    Shown Thursday, 18 June 2020 11:16 PM

    Saharan dead, but his ideology still at large,who can give a guarantee that they will not kill people in hundreds or in thousands again, government be responsible,proscribe it,for ever

    Sinna Friday, 19 June 2020 06:12 PM

    Eastern province happened to be the puddle which produce this religious extremism,new military camps,police stations should start in every hook and corner,otherwise these devil's fanatics might try more disasters in our country


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