2,289 arrested in connection with Easter Sunday bombing and communal
[June 04 2019]
The total number of arrested suspects in connection
with the Easter Sunday bomb attacks (21 April) and violence in the
Northwestern Province and several other areas are 2,289. It includes 330
Sinhalese, 139 Tamils, and 1820 Muslims revealed the Police Media
Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara at a media briefing held at the Media
Centre in Kollupitiya, on Monday evening (03 June).
A total of, 423 arrested suspects have been remanded
and 211 are still under police custody for further interrogation. The
211 suspects in police custody includes the 68 in CID and 26 in TID
custody. 1655 suspects have been granted bail by relevant Magistrates
Courts and police stations. Out of those arrested, 575 suspects were
arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and 213 suspects were
arrested under the Emergency Regulations. 72 suspects had been arrested
under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
Act. 1429 suspects had been arrested under the general law, the further
Police Spokesman further said.
A person was shot dead in Mullawatte Road in Gothatuwa
Police Division on Sunday evening (02). The deceased is a 40 year old
male named Patthinige Thushara Waishantha. Investigations have revealed
that the shooting was a result of a dispute between two organized
criminal groups. Police are conducting further investigations to arrest
the suspects, the Police Spokesman added.