TID elicits info from Raza
By Buddhika Samaraweera
Following interrogation of a suspect named Razik Raza, the Terrorism Investigations Division (TID) has been able to uncover information regarding an experimental bomb blast carried out by Zaharan Hashim's brother, Rilwan Hashim in 2018.
The 28- year- old suspect, a resident of Kattankudy and currently in remand custody, has admitted to having knowledge of the experimental bomb blast carried out by Rilwan and according to Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana, the suspect has supplied Rilwan with explosives to be used in the blast.
Investigations by the TID have further revealed that the suspect had aided and abetted those who carried out the 21 April, 2019, Easter Sunday bombings, to hide the explosives.
Raza was initially arrested by the Kalmunai Police and was in remand custody after being produced before the Kalmunai Magistrate. The suspect was later held at the Angunukolapelessa Prison.
The TID had requested the Court for an order that Raza be handed over to them, under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and he was handed over to the TID on 29 April 2021.
DIG Rohana further said that the TID would be further investigating the area where the experimental bomb blast took place.
Rilwan Hashim was critically injured in the said blast that took place in August 2018 and he had been receiving treatment at National Hospital of Sri Lanka for about two weeks. He was then killed in the bomb explosion that took place at Zaharan's house in Sainthamaruthu on 26 April, 2019.