Opposition MPs should complain to CID – Johnston

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 20 2021
News Opposition MPs should complain to CID  – Johnston

Highways Minister Johnston Fernando called on Opposition MPs, who are cooking up theories of another possible terror attack by the remnants of Islamist extremist groups, to lodge complaints at the CID.

Speaking to the Media during a road inspection tour, the Minister said the CID and its services are at the disposal of anyone who truly has any credible information of another possible terror attack similar to the Easter Sunday attacks. 

“The Opposition MPs make various allegations and try to create fear among people of a possible terror attack by the extremist Islamist groups. Then there are some who make statements with innuendos that those who masterminded the Easter Sunday attacks are now in the Government, pointing out that the SLPP could form a government because of the tragedy,” Fernando said. 

“All they should do is go before the CID and give whatever information that they have so it could be investigated,” the Minister said. He added that TNA Batticaloa District MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam had raised the same allegation and that the MP should go to the CID because that would be the latter's civic duty.

“He could learn from the example of SJB MP Ashok Abeysinghe, who made a similar statement and then fainted when he was questioned by the CID on what grounds he said so,” the Minister said.

Fernando also spoke about the Jaffna Mayor, who he said attempted to propagate the LTTE ideology. He said under the previous Government, the LTTE-uniform wearing outfit would have still been manning the roads of Jaffna. 

“Our Government would not tolerate such threats to national security. We would not let a Mayor do the job of the Police. That is the difference between us and those who criticise us,” the Minister said. 

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CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Apr 20 2021

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