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New probe into CID investigation of Easter attacks ordered

BLAST EFFECT: Easter Sunday blasts by Islamist extremists generated widespread sympathy in the West giving Sri Lanka breathing space to follow better policy – if it wants to.

ECONOMYNEXT- The Acting IGP Chandana Wickramaratne has appointed two teams of investigators to look at whether there has been intentional keeping back of evidence or misdirection in the investigations into the Easter Sunday attack by CID officers and the former CID director.

Speaking at a press briefing held this evening,  Police spokesman Jaliya Senaratne said that acting IGP has instructed to begin these two investigations as it has been revealed there is a certain amount of truth to the allegations directed against the CID for the manner in which investigations were done.

The two investigations will be done under the Director of the Special Investigation Unit(SIU) of Police.

Also, he said earlier the acting IGP instructed the CID to conclude the investigations into  the Easter Sunday attack quickly by even changing the officers as per the instructions given to him by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Further, he said the based on the changes made to the investigation the CID was able to arrest the main suspect who has transported and handled the suicide bomber who blew himself up at the Zion church in Batticaloa.

The suspected is a resident of Mount Lavinia, the CID is conducting further investigations to find whether this suspect has also coordinated other suicide bombers and whether there is an invisible hand behind him who had given them instructions.

He said currently there are 31 suspects who arrested in connection to Easter Sunday attack in CID custody and 60 in TID custody.(Colombo/Mar29/2020)