The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) had recovered several office equipments and propaganda materials, which were used in propagating hate speech, from a office at Naththaranpotha in Kundasale last morning following the information received during the interrogation of the head of ‘Mahasohon Balakaya’
Addressing a news briefing, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said, based on a statement made by the prime suspect Widanapathiranage Amith Jeewan Weerasinghe (26) a resident in Kengalla, Digana, investigation officers had also recovered seven bottles which had been allegedly kept to make petrol bombs.
The other main suspects who were taken into custody in connection with inciting racism are Sureda Suraweera (Head of the Sinhale Jathika Balamuluwa), Sampath Anura Sri Kumarasinghe, Arachchikumbure Sobitha Thera, Asiri Chaturanga, Isuru Priyankara Kumara, Sumith Chaminda, Asanka Pradeep Weerasinghe, Jayanath Anton Gunaratne, and Rashmitha Bandara Mahawatte.
SP Gunasekara said police have found leaflets, posters, notices, letters, banners, a large number of documents and wristbands inciting racism from the Mahason Balakaya office.
The officers had found four computer central processing units (CPUs), several bank accounts, bank slips and several vehicle permits.
During the briefing, SP Gunasekara exposed to media a microphone with a tag ‘Mahason Balakaya’ and was used by the group to hold press conferences.
Meanwhile, a special investigation had been launched with the support of experts to trace the incoming and outgoing calls details of the mobile phones of the suspects.
A total of 445 complaints had been received island-wide relating to incidents of damaging houses and shops from March 4 until March 12.
Among them, 423 were incident in Kandy Police Divisions and the rest (22) in other districts.
According to reports, a total of 24 religious places were damaged island-wide and among them, 19 were from Kandy.
He said in Kandy 60 incidents of vehicle damages were reported while another five reported in other areas.
A total of 28 people including 22 individuals from Kandy and another six from other areas had sustained injuries in violent incidents.
“ We arrested 178 individuals from Kandy of which a majority of 119 were arrested under the State of Emergency. From the arrested, 50 were released on bail while 128 further remanded. A total of 102 individuals from other areas had been arrested. Forty-five of them are on bail while 57 have been further remanded. Therefore, a total of 280 suspects have been arrested,’ he said. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
Video by Buddhi
rajitha7 Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:56
The authentic Helya has nothing to do with a lion. So it makes sense.
Reply : 4 100
Yeti Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:04
They couldn't have run this outfit without political patronage and yet the Law and Order Minister says that there was no political hand in the carnage. I'd say he was out for a duck, first ball!!!
Reply : 7 209
CJ Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:08
this like a grade 1 back to school item list !!! wristbands ,documents pens , pencils ,leaflets, posters, notices, letters, banners, a large number of documents and wristbands .. four computer central processing units (CPUs), and water bottles ??? ..
Reply : 10 134
Refaideen Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:10
Inefficiency of state intelligence services
Reply : 5 156
Curious Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:23
Who is the MAHASONA?
Reply : 5 111
Casanova Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:20
Probably a party organized by a jobless fellow whose wife must be working as a maid in the middle east who probably would not have been treated well by her employer.
Reply : 15 164
Modaya Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:35
When the Dalada Maligawa was attacked by the LTTE, no such attacks occurred in Kandy...So this is all political agenda.
Reply : 5 154
SAM Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:37
Present Cardboard Heroes were hiding under cover their bed mattress with full security.
Reply : 0 110
Ravi Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:37
Shadow Mahasona's is MR and Gota
Reply : 56 194
Jal Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:43
Good. Why don't you go and raid Jihadist extremist safe houses in Kathankudi and many other places around the island? In fact you are too late for those actions and those extremists are already spread across the country.
Reply : 199 91
SAM Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:40
Go straight to Angoda Hospital and get your brain checked.
Reply : 46 172
upali Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:57
You are correct. All the actions are one sided. This is the reason for common man to take law to the hand. They have no trust on State.
Reply : 142 66
vid Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:28
If you are so sure that they exist why dont you raise a complain without talking in the air like your freinds arrested?
Reply : 18 125
Fulcrum Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:29
U need treatment my friend. Just because there are Buddhist extremists (politically influenced) don't assume the same for the Muslims who are contributing to co-exist.
Reply : 42 113
Begging is better Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:31
we saw the patriotism of these carders through the cctv footage where it was captured how they were looting the from drawers before damaging them.If you need money begging is better than robbery. DM-Pls publish this
Reply : 9 145
Scooby Doo Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:42
@Jal needs an immediate treatment. So did those extremists harass you? Stop spreading rumours. These people should be taken into custody.
Reply : 8 38
Citizen Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:22
50 released on bail???Which brings a serious doubt on the rule of law in this country. What is the point of having a law when wrongdoers are given bail like this??? Where is the Justice???There is a limit for politicians to play with people's lives like this. Unfortunately the very people of this nation who are maintaining their (politicians) luxury lives including their relatives/friends.
Reply : 4 96
nick Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:48
When they check phone records they will see nanasara who is touring in Japan with President will say mata mataka nehe via DM Android App
Reply : 3 86
Nalini Wednesday, 14 March 2018 16:47
These outfits did a great job for India in installing Sirisena by getting Muslims to vote for Sirisena.
Reply : 8 25
Add commentComments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.