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No mercy on fake news mongers on terror attack: Eran

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State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday said the government would not hesitate to take stern actions against those who are involved in posting fake news, thereby they would become a threat to national security.

He also requested the public not to be carried away with fake news regarding the terror attacks, because the national security had become number one after the massive loss of lives.

He expressed these views addressing the local and foreign heads of banks at the Finance Ministry.

"We want to thank the general public for their corporation and how they dealt with the situation. But more fake news is spreading around regarding the terror attack. We want it to be self-regulated and self-corrected because the government has stood for the freedom of individuals. We do not like to interfere with it," he said.

"I am pleased to say that the police and the armed forces responded swiftly in terms of the information of the groups that were behind the Easter Sunday terror attack. Almost everyone who was involved in the attack had been taken into custody. There is significant progress in terms of getting to the bottom of the incident," Minister Wickramaratne said.

“The security forces and the police had played a tremendous roll and also the intelligence services. There are only four intelligent officers in custody and it had been an attempt to discredit the intelligence services was incorrect. We have over one thousand intelligence officers and nine units,” the Minister said.

We should maintain the communal harmony at all costs and should not allow extremism in any form to raise its head. We cannot let terrorists to divide our nation and communities, he added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 7

  • Siyarata Friday, 03 May 2019 09:10 AM

    Instead have mercy on the terrorists and their sponsors in the high ranks. You and your government threw this country into a hell with Sahajeewane confining only to Sinhalese.

    ravin Friday, 03 May 2019 09:34 AM

    Do you really mean this? We see lot of news contrary your statement in national news papers. Whom we should believe?

    ANTON Friday, 03 May 2019 09:54 AM

    DID WE HAVE MERCY ON EASTER SUNDAY BY LISTENING TO YOUR ACCURATE NEWS ???

    Robin Friday, 03 May 2019 09:57 AM

    Well said,Please take action against fake news which is disturbing the day to day situation in the country.

    SN Friday, 03 May 2019 10:02 AM

    Unless swift action is taken and severe punishment is given to those criminals whoever it may be, people are going to agitate and finally all will have to suffer. Punishment is for the crime criminals do and also all others to learn of what they too may get if they too try to do wrong.

    Chaminda Rana Friday, 03 May 2019 02:37 PM

    What about punishing the ones who had correct news but failed to act on it which resulted in hundreds of deaths? May be use the Madu Walge on them?

    DillonDP Friday, 03 May 2019 05:55 PM

    You're a fack too you should not be shown mercy too


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