May 25, 2019
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    orowpothana Police yesterday arrested five including a management assistant who had allegedly maintained close contacts with suicide bomber Zahran Hashim. Preliminary police nvestigations have also found that the management assistant in question was attached to the Horowpothana Divisional Secretariat and he had conducted lectures to Muslim youth in two districts.

    Rs 134 million in 41 bank accounts belonging to the suspects, who are currently held in custody of the Criminal Investigation Department and the Terrorism Investigation Division over their alleged links to Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, have been suspended.Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara stated this addressing a media briefing held at the Ministry of Defense this evening (24). On May 6th, the Police Spokesperson said that money accumulating over Rs 140 million, owned by the terrorists responsible for the attacks, was identified during investigatio

    A front page newspaper report in a national daily on Thursday (23) had claimed that a doctor connected to the Thowheed Jamaath had sterilized 4000 Sinhala Buddhist women during caesarean operations and that information has been received with evidence and investigations have commenced to arrest the doctor. The newspaper also claims that this doctor had carried out over 7000 surgeries. Commenting on this issue the Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara categorically denied any such investigations being carried out by the CID or any other special Police teams. He also said that Police have not received any such complaints. He made these remarks at a press briefing held at the Media Centre in Kollupitiya, last evening (23).

    Attorney General Dappula de Livera PC has directed acting Inspector General of Police in writing to take disciplinary action through the National Police Commission against the Western Province Senior DIG, the STF Commandant and National Intelligence Chief for dereliction of duties. The AG handed over two letters containing his legal advice on the two interim reports of the special Presidential Committee to probe the Easter Sunday attacks to acting IGP Chandana Wickramaratne.

    The Ministry of Finance said the ration and other allowances paid to all the officers and other ranks in the Tri-Services have been increased by the government.Some of these allowances had not been increased for over the last 20 years.In the Budget - 2019, Finance Minister, Mangala Samaraweera had proposed to increase the Uniform allowance, Rental allowance, the good performance allowance and the Commando allowance of the Armed forces.

    The State of Emergency imposed in the country has been extended by another month from today (May 22) considering the situation of the country. A Gazette Extraordinary with this regard, signed by President Maithripala Sirisena, was issued earlier today.

    It has been confirmed that Zahran Hashim, the alleged ringleader behind the Easter Day bomb attacks, has been killed in the attack at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. This has been determined when comparing DNA samples of Zahran with samples of his daughter and his wife, stated the Government Analyst’s Department. It has been revealed that Zahran Hashim had been one of the two suicide bombers who attacked the Shangri-La Hotel on Easter Sunday (April 21).

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