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Rishad requests President to probe Easter attacks and Wilpattu allegations

MP Rishad Bathiudeen has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa calling for separate presidential commissions to probe the Easter Sunday bombings and the alleged destruction of the Wilpattu forest reserve.

In a letter to the President, Bathiudeen has noted that certain groups are “levelling baseless allegations” against him accusing him of clearing the Wilpattu forest reserve to settle Muslim refugees as well as maintaining links with the Easter Sunday bombers.

“It is with deep disappointment and sorrow that I inform Your Excellency that certain groups of Sri Lankans are actively engaged in fanning communal flames and working for narrow political gains by levelling baseless and unfounded allegations against me. I wish to stress that these allegations too were baseless and unfounded, imaginary and false and are fabricated for narrow political gains,” he wrote.

The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) leader has pointed out that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) which investigated the Easter attacks had cleared him from allegations of his involvement.

“The Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to investigate me –among others – on allegations that I had maintained links with the Easter Sunday bombers also cleared me of any wrongdoing, after learning that the police and the former Inspector General of Police (IGP)’s report to the Speaker had already cleared my name,” he said in the letter.

The MP further said that the resettlement of Muslim refugees who were displaced in the year 1990 in their ancestral lands was carried out under President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government.

Bathiudeen, therefore, requests the President to appoint presidential commissions and commence a special inquiry on the allegations if such inquiry is deemed necessary.

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