Senior DIG says he was doubtful about content in warning letter

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Senior DIG Nandana Munasinghe, who was the Senior DIG of the Western Province in April 2019, yesterday informed the PCoI into Easter Sunday attacks that he has never contacted IGP Pujith Jayasundara, who is currently on compulsory leave, after receiving a top secret intelligence letter on April 09, 2019, mentioning a warning of an Islamic extremist terror attack.

Testifying before the Commission he said that the letter which was received on April 09, 2019 was a confidential document and he was skeptical about information mentioned in the document because the police had not been warned earlier, about an imminent attack that could be launched by Islamic extremists groups.

"The warning letter was sent by CNI Sisira Mendis to the IGP who is currently on compulsory leave. The IGP forwarded me the original letter which received from Mr. Mendis. The copies of the letter were also sent to Senior DIG crimes and STF, DIG special protection range and Director of the Counter Terrorism Investigation Division on April 09," he informed the Commission.

He said that before receiving this letter he was not aware about such practices conducted by Islamic extremists groups. "Due to this doubtful situation, I did not contact the IGP," he said.

Referring to the warning letter, he said that according to the information there was a possible attack by six Islamic suicide terrorists and also warned the police to act in a subtle manner

"That is why I did not contact the IGP to discuss about the information. The letter also mentioned that State Intelligence Services were conducting further investigations into the matter," he said.

Then the representatives from the Attorney General's Department questioned the witness whether he was aware about the raid of Jihadist training camp in Wanathawilluwa and the findings of explosives from the raided site.

Responding to the question the witness said that he was aware about the raid and asked about it from then CID Director Shani Abeysekara but he did not provide a proper answer.

"The LTTE took almost a decade to develop a cardre of suicide bombers. I never thought that there could be such a strong Islamic group. We had no such previous information," he said.

The Commissioners then questioned the witness on why he had not informed the matter to Cardinal Malcom Ranjith. He said that there were sufficient senior officials above him to make that decision.

 

Witness said on April 20, 2019 he received another information from SIS Director Nilantha Jayawardena stating that there could be a possible attack on April 21, 2019 and he said was ready deploy officers for necessary places.

"Then I called all four DIG's in the Western Province and then Negombo division SSP Chandana Athukorala on deploying officers and strengthening security in these areas where prominent Easter Mass sessions were conducted," he said.

He said that he had asked them to be aware and pay attention to blasts which could be carried out using remote controllers.

Then commissioners questioned that how did the witness came up with the conclusion on blast could happen using a remote controler. He said that he remembered a mysterious trial blast happened few days before the attack at Kattankudi and for this blast, Islamic terror group used a remote controller.

"On April 21 morning, SIS Director called me again and said the possible attacks could happen at Methodist Churches around Colombo and asked me to strengthen the security in those areas," he informed the Commission. (Yoshitha Perera)

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  • Philip de silva Friday, 12 June 2020 06:14 AM

    Send for prison for life for this mistake

    sss Friday, 12 June 2020 06:33 AM

    "warned the police to act in a subtle manner" - So who were the politician/s involved to make it "subtle"

    Sa Friday, 12 June 2020 07:28 AM

    In senior level there be jeolocy and cut throat among group may be another reason not trying to contact each other officer

    DJ Friday, 12 June 2020 08:24 AM

    Stupidest answers pointing fingers and thinking that someone else will do the needful. The politicians acted the same way. However releasing these scoundrels in the Buddhist statue damage, by an influencial politician is the key to the case

    SKM Friday, 12 June 2020 09:10 AM

    Those days when we got any news about bombs or suicide cadre, even if we do not think it is correct we always inform others to be careful. These fools had even ignored written information sent by superiors.

    Catholic Friday, 12 June 2020 12:15 PM

    Even a Police Constable is required

    Adolf Gerald Ranjit Silva Saturday, 13 June 2020 08:25 AM

    A damn liar contradicting himself. Should be charged for insubordination for not acting on IGP secret intelligence letter,hence for manslaughter.

    Andrew Silva Saturday, 13 June 2020 10:15 AM

    Can't expect any thing different the case will be heard and heard and heard and the final out come Case closed.


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