Suspects of Wanathawilluwa linked to a certain group: Ruwan

7 February 2019 07:12 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The young men who were arrested in Wanathawillluwa for possessing firearms and explosives have links to a certain group, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene told Parliament on Wednesday.

Mr. Wijewardene came out with these details in response to a question raised by UPFA MP Padma Udayashantha Gunasekera as to what action the government had taken against the suspects.

“We have taken the matter seriously and I would like to say that police have searched the Latose Estate and arrested 11 persons who have been remanded. They will be produced in courts again on February 13 ,” Mr. Wijewardene said.

“These persons have collected weapons and explosives in the guise of running a poultry farm in the estate,” he added.

Mr. Wijewardene said government will not tolerate any kind of extremism be it Sinhala Buddhist extremism, Muslim Extremism or Tamil extremism.

Mr. Gunasekera who raised the issue said the government should take this matter seriously and stop the spread of extremism.

“We were living together for so many years till terrorism started in this country with the killing of Alfred Duraiappah,” he said adding not to allow any form of terrorism to raise it head here.

MP Jayanatha Samaraweera said other religions and communities will be safeguarded if Buddhism is safeguarded. “Some interested groups are trying to set other communities against the majority community in this country,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • sudath Thursday, 07 February 2019 08:52 PM

    What a funny talk? What happened to state intelligence department under your regime?

    Buddhist Friday, 08 February 2019 03:01 AM

    To day the issue in Sri Lanka is due to lack of Nationalism. Nationalism does not mean Sinhala Nationalism, Tamil Nationalism or Muslim Nationalism, it should be SRI LANKAN NATIONALISM. Under Sri Lankan Nationalistic feeling there can be no religion that can be superior to another, even in the constitution. No race can be superior to another, all races are equal and all religions equal. Its time our school curriculum should be changed to express the true Nationalism among all children.

    Nalin Friday, 08 February 2019 06:49 AM

    What certain group say it open that the specific community starting a mother land issue.

    Imtias Friday, 08 February 2019 10:43 AM

    Mr Minister, Pls be specific and expose everything so that the public would be vigilant.Extremism should be nipped in the bud.


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