Task force to monitor probe into Sri Lanka Easter Sunday blasts: Defence Ministry

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has set up a task force to monitor and speed up an investigation by the police criminal investigation department into Easter Sunday attacks, headed by Chief of National Intelligence, Major General Jagath Alwis, on a presidential directive, the defence ministry said.

The Director-State Intelligence Service, Director General-Military Intelligence, Deputy Inspector General-Criminal Investigation Department, Director-Counter Terrorism and Investigation Division and Director Legal-Sri Lanka Police are also in it.

“The CID investigation into these attacks was not conducted in an effective way during the last regime,” Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne said in a statement.

“If we fail to conduct a proper investigation, we are not doing justice to those innocent people who died and over 500 victims who are living with life-long serious scars and injuries due to the deadly bomb explosions.”

The attack by Islamist suicide bombers had left over 250 people. Most of the dead were attending Sunday mass.

Sri Lanka’s Catholic Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, had said he was not satisfied with some of the previous investigations.

The Defence Secretary has said the task force would be “a fact-finding mission to get accurate information to support the CID probe as it needs a lot of inputs from intelligence agencies. (Colombo/Feb23/2020)