NTJ cadres, still at large, should surrender forthwith: Masthan

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Vanni District UPFA MP Kader Masthan said the remaining members of National Tawheed Jamaat (NTJ) should surrender to the security forces forthwith and later be rehabilitated with those arrested previously.

The only Muslim to be elected on the UPFA ticket at the 2015 parliamentary election, MP Masthan said NTJ members should be rehabilitated as done to ex-LTTE combatants.

“There were a few persons who had joined NTJ. But this group did not have anything to do with Islam. It holds the ideology of committing suicide for Allah (God). However, Islam does not propagate suicide. Hence, it is downright wrong to refer to NTJ as an Islamic outfit. There had been instances where several individuals were arrested for ‘misunderstanding.’ Tawheed Jamaat means there is only one God. A few individuals who have nothing to do with NTJ have been put behind bars after having in their possession books and articles with this title. Security forces should be careful when carrying out operations with regard to this sensitive matter. The media has highlighted these incidents thus painting a wrong picture,” he said.

Commenting on the recovery of swords in mosques, he said there must have been instances where people left such items in places of worship as they were afraid to keep them in their homes.

Responding to a question raised by a journalist on allegations levelled against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, he said a proper investigation should be carried out to determine the truth. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Jude Tuesday, 14 May 2019 06:39 AM

    NTJ members are Terrorists!!! Sheep YOU kill !! Same goes for Terrorists !! Yeah!!

    Kumara Dharmarathne Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:30 AM

    Mr. Masthan, According to you, few individuals have been put behind bars after having in their possession books and articles with this title. On the other hand you say they have nothing to with NTJ. Your statement is not only contradicting, but also a typical politician's utterance. If you know for sure they are innocent, you can take the responsibility of them and request President and get them released. There is nothing to highlight, all of us know the carnage they committed. If you know a better security system than our Police and tri forces, you can advice them sans wight washing the guys who have been already arrested. Indirectly, you are hindering the duty of Police and Tri forces.

    Karu Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:37 AM

    Rehabilitation for these people ??? Never gonna work like LTTE. They don't know what the hell they r doing. They don't even know who they r originally. Killing innocent close relative for a crazy white guy attacked a mosque in NZ ??

    Venom Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:52 AM

    Or be shot on sight!


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