1,000 Days since Easter attacks: Truth will not stay hidden – Cardinal
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
The truth regarding the 21 April 2019 Easter Sunday Terror attacks cannot be concealed by any drama that officials and Government authorities may enact, Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said.
Delivering the sermon at the commemoration of 1000 days since the Easter Sunday terror attacks held with the participation of the catholic clergy, family members of those who died at St. Anthony’s Church, Kotahena, and St. Sebastians’s Church Katuwapitiya, those injured in the attacks and parishioners at the Basilica Church Tewatte, Cardinal Ranjith said on Friday (14), “The truth will gradually be revealed even two years and nine months after the bombs exploded in three churches of Christian worship and three hotels.
Reports given by the Presidential Commission appointed to look into the Easter Sunday attacks and that which was submitted by the Parliamentary Select Committee on the same, noted that those attacks had been made in view of the Presidential Elections that was to be held at the end of that year in a bid to cause fear, unease and unrest amongst the communities.”
Citing the two reports, he queried, “Why cannot the recommendations of the Presidential Committee be put into action?” The report submitted after gathering evidence clearly notes that there had been attempts to conceal evidence regarding the terror attack, on how those who tried to prevent the attack were stopped, how no attempt was made to save the lives of these innocent victims and on how even the warning issued by the RAW of India was disregarded. “Set aside the inaction with regard to the recommendations made by the report, the IGP has not even made an attempt to conduct an investigation to see if those allegations were true,” he noted that even the report submitted by the former AG Dappula de Livera had pointed towards a coup.
“But like attempts to keep a rubber ball under water, the truth regarding the attacks would be revealed. “The Easter bombs in 2019 exploded but since then, the country has witnessed more explosions revealing the truth behind those attacks. There would be more such explosions in the future unraveling more information regarding those bombings.”
The Head of the Catholics in Sri Lanka said, “Although attempts were made to conceal the truth by pinning the blame on Muslim extremists, the blood of the innocent cries for justice must be remembered and therefore the truth will be revealed. The Select Committee report specifically noted that a section of people with ulterior motives had carried out the attacks in view of the Presidential elections which were to be held at the end of that year in a bid to create fear and unrest,” he added.