Govt attempting to scare public through bogus attack claims – AKD

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Revealing that IGP Chandana Wickramaratne has sent a letter to Defence Ministry Secretary, Gen Kamal Gunaratne, alleging planned bomb attacks in the North and South, in parallel to ‘Black Tiger Day’, and alleging more attacks by the JVP, the Frontline Socialist Party  (FSP) and several other factions in the Opposition, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake called on the Government to reveal how and from where the information has been obtained, and whether there is a real possibility of such an attack.

He further said there is also suspicion that such news is being shared to suppress the current anti-Government protests and sentiments across the country.

Addressing a media briefing, Dissanayake said the letter implies that the alleged attack by the JVP, FSC and factions of the Opposition, is aided by foreign spy agencies and could take place on 5 and 6 July.

“The Government must reveal from where they get such information. This so called intelligence letter alleges that an attack could be carried out by the JVP and other Opposition parties. This is a desperate attempt by the Government to scare the people. This letter comes when we are organising anti-Government protests island-wide. We refute these allegations mentioned in the letter,” the JVP Leader said.

Meanwhile, in the coming days, the Government will stage a phoney public disturbance and blame it on the FSP and other opposition groups, in order to prevent a public protest against them, Propaganda Secretary of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Duminda Nagamuwa alleged.

He said this at a press conference held yesterday (4).

He went on to say the Government is working to suppress public opposition by deploying security forces using such false, sensitive national security statements.

“This same script has previously been staged. So we will have to wait and see if such things happen,” he said.

He also said he will request the Army Commander to take immediate actions against the Army officer who assaulted a young man at a filling station and if that is not done within 24 hours, they will take all possible democratic steps in this connection.

By Sahan Tennekoon