Peaceful environment during the Vesak period
[May 21 2019]
A peaceful environment prevailed in the country during
the Vesak holidays and life is returning to normalcy. Nevertheless,
Police is carrying out operations and investigations together with the
Tri Forces and the Civil Defence Department. Presently, 69 individuals
are detained by the CID while 20 individuals are being held under TID
custody in connection with the Easter Sunday bombings, revealed Police
Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara, at a press briefing held at the Media
Centre in Kollupitiya on Monday (20).
Three individuals were arrested by the Kurunegala
Police after receiving information that a group of persons had conducted
a training camp at a coconut estate in the Alakoladeniya in Kurunegala.
They were arrested on 09th May and later were remanded till 24th May.
During further investigations another two individuals were taken into
custody on 11th May. A number of cheques were also recovered from one of
the two suspects. The other suspect is an employee at the Kurunegala
hospital. A large amount of money had been deposited to his bank account
from time to time.
Another individual was arrested on 18th May for
questioning in regard to this training camp. This individual has been
serving as an indexing officer at the Parliament. He is also being
detained for questioning, the Police Spokesman further said.
Commenting on newspaper article, the Police Spokesman
said that a full page newspaper article had been published on 12th May
in a newspaper concerning a confession purportedly made by Zahran’s wife
to the Police about a suicide pledge taken by the Easter Sunday bombing
terror group at luxury apartment complex in Kollupitiya. The Police
Spokesman said that this is not an official news issued by the Police.
He also said that such news reports could hamper ongoing investigations
and legal proceedings as well. The Police Spokesman requested the media
to take more concern on reporting news and that to publish only
officially provided information.