‘Prompt ac­tion upon tip-off would have averted Easter Sun­day may­hem’

Alerted po­lice soon after Buddha stat­ues van­dal­ized in Mawanella

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY G. SHAN­THA BANDARA - MAWANELLA

There were many among the group who had van­dalised the Buddha stat­ues in and around Mawanella, were known to me and when I in­quired from them what made them com­mit this act, they in­vited me also to join their group, said Mo­hamed Razik Mo­hamed Thaslim of Mawanella who was crit­i­cally in­jured by the al­leged shoot­ing by the ex­trem­ist group sus­pect­ing him of hav­ing pro­vided tip-off to the po­lice.

On De­cem­ber 26 last year, over an in­ci­dent of des­e­crat­ing Buddha stat­ues in Del­ga­hagoda area in Mawanella, one sus­pect was ap­pre­hended while another fled the scene. On sus­pi­cion, Mo­hamed Razik Thaslim Mo­hamed had alerted the po­lice. Fol­low­ing that, he was shot while he was sleep­ing in his house. He sus­tained crit­i­cal in­juries to his head and now, after be­ing treated at the Kandy Hospi­tal and par­tially re­cov­ered. He could not talk be­fore but now he is able to.

Re­spond­ing to the ques­tions posed by the me­dia, he stated that he knew Zahran Hashim was be­hind this act of van­dal­is­ing the Buddha Stat­ues and there­upon in­formed Min­is­ter Kabir Hashim.the lat­ter wanted the se­cu­rity units were alerted.

He said sev­eral suspects are be­ing ap­pre­hended al­most ev­ery­day and state­ments recorded.these state­ments state that Sahith and Sadeek, the duo who van­dal­ized the stat­ues and he was con­vinced that Zahran was be­hind this.

When Sadeek was ques­tioned as to why they had com­mit­ted this act which would cre­ate an up­heaval in the country, he replied say­ing it was their faith that taught them to do so. Mo­hamed Thaslim in Fe­bru­ary said that he had in­formed about Sahith and Sadeek to the po­lice team led by IP Maras­inghe who came from Colombo, that the duo hav­ing had a hand in the of­fence at the first in­stance.the po­lice team was in­formed even by the Min­is­ter to search for the suspects.though they agreed,it ended in fail­ure. If they had acted promptly on the tip off and taken ac­tion, the April 21 carnage could have eas­ily been averted, he lamented.

He ap­pealed for sustenance, as he has no means of liveli­hood at present.

Sahith and Sadeek, the duo who van­dal­ized the stat­ues and was con­vinced that Zahran was be­hind this

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