IGP informed Defence Secretary of possible attack on April 9 | Daily News

IGP informed Defence Secretary of possible attack on April 9

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera in a letter addressed to Defence Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando said he received confidential intelligence documents warning of a possible suicide attack on April 9.

The IGP said he forwarded them on the same day to “all relevant divisions” and gave “necessary orders and instructions” to them.Writing to the Defence Ministry Secretary on Tuesday, the IGP stated that the allegations that he had not taken necessary action on the forewarnings of the attacks were “baseless and meant to fulfill narrow motives”.

The IGP had sent the copies of the letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Secretaries to the President and the Prime Minister.

The letter confirmed that the intelligence documents the IGP received on April 9 had warned that National Thowheeth Jama’ath Leader Mohamad Cassim Mohamed Zahran and his followers had planned suicide attacks aiming at renowned Catholic Churches and the Indian High Commission.

The letter said the confidential set of documents was copied to Senior DIG Crimes, Organised Crimes, Narcotics Range and STF Commandant, Senior DIG Western Province, DIG Special Protection Range and Terrorist Investigation Division Director categorising it as “Secret” and “Top Priority”.

The IGP in the letter said that he had called for a detailed report today on the measures taken by the aforesaid officials over the given information.

He said the Defence Ministry Secretary would be updated on the measures taken as soon as he received them.

 


 

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