The Government has committed a grave crime by not informing the public and the Cardinal of the Catholic Church about high-priority intelligence information it had received well in advance, with regard to a planned and coordinated terror attack on the churches and the star class hotels on Easter Sunday.
Had the Government acted with full responsibility, which is inherently expected of it, over 290 lives could have been saved. Due to the sloth-like behavior and the attitude that the Government has adopted, the country has become a haven for extremist Islam terrorists and the public can no longer keep their faith in the Government with regard to their security as the Government has shamelessly and heedlessly failed to execute its most crucial responsibilities.
Several parties are raising concerns as to why the Government resolved to conceal such vital intelligence information and not take any precautions to avert the calamity. Many are of the view that had Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith been informed of the intelligence information received regarding a terror attack on churches, His Eminence would have made arrangements, ahead of Easter, to halt the Easter Masses and avert the tragedy.
It is learnt that the Government politicians are vying for Muslim minority votes. Therefore anything to hurt the feelings of those Muslim MPs and Ministers who are in the Government was strictly avoided to secure the minority Muslim votes, which is the chief decisive factor of the victory of the United National Front at elections.
Although the Government was constantly kept informed with regard to the grouping of Islam terrorists in the country and some extremists are linked to barbaric ISIS terrorists, the Government recklessly disregarded such intelligence information and continued to dance to the tune of those foreign forces by paring down country’s security and producing the war heroes before Court and incarcerating them in the name of an affected reconciliation.
The Government, whose sole intention is to remain in power, by hook or by crook, in a most flagrant manner took no actions to prevent the grouping of extremist Muslim terrorists in the country, merely to secure the votes of Muslims. By attempting to secure Muslim votes at elections, the Government could neither do any justice to them as the Muslims too are in peril.
Moreover, it is revealed that the relatives of the suspects arrested have links with some Muslim MPs of the Government.
In it’s the most hideous attempt to secure Muslim votes, the Government took the lives of Christians as ransom by allowing carnage to take place. It is no exaggeration that all the communities that live in Sri Lanka are living in fear of their lives at present. The selfish motive of the Government to come power, with the votes of minority Muslims, had put the lives of the people of the country at risk.
On the day of the attack, at a media briefing, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe denied receiving any information regarding the planned terror attack. Many are questioning as to how the Prime Minister was not furnished with such crucial information when all the Ministers and the MPs were informed beforehand. This also explicitly shows that Wickremesinghe is not fit to hold a position as the Prime Minister of the country.
On the same day, the Government’s responsible authorities hesitated to admit that it was a Islam terrorist attack and they were issuing contradictory statements. The respective authorities strictly warned the public to go by the information provided only by them and not by any other source. A question is raised as to why they failed to provide the public with such highly crucial information as and when it was received?
Meanwhile, at a meeting with top sleuths in the Government, at Temple Trees, on the day of mishap, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has slammed the Government over its heedless behavior and has stressed that the tragedy could have been averted if the Government took necessary precautions beforehand. While criticizing Government’s unwelcome treatment of the war heroes, by producing them before the law and incarcerating them, Rajapaksa had sarcastically asked the Government to jail the remaining intelligence officers too, in a bid to maintain the pseudo reconciliation.
The Leader of Opposition had further said that the public was greatly unconvinced by the Police curfew imposed yesterday as it had inhibited the day-to-day activities of the public. “This has prevented them from going to the market to purchase food” Rajapaksa has said.
When Rajapaksa questioned the politicians on why they failed to act upon the letter received which warns of terror attacks, they had first denied receiving such letter and later had admitted to receiving it.
When the Opposition Leader was reprimanded by the Government Ministers for visiting the sites where the explosions occurred on Easter Sunday, Rajapaksa has said that he visited the people to console them and his visit has greatly helped to comfort the affected families.
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