Gayan Kumara Weerasinghe
Terrorism Investigation Division officers have so far arrested six suspects in the North believed to have been planning some terrorist activity, TID sources told the Daily News yesterday.
The arrests came after information was elicited from the Palai Hospital JMO Dr. Sinniah Sivaruban who had been earlier detained on suspicion.
Among the arrested suspects are some former LTTE members and Army informants, these sources disclosed.
According to Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara, the six suspects arrested on August 28 were identified as Sinnamani Thaneshwaran, Irattinum Krishnarasa, Mohanasundaram Sinnathurai, Ninayagamoorthy Nejilan, T. Nimalaraj and Ruban Jathusan.
“Dr. Sivaruban was arrested by the Army for suspected terrorist activities on August 18 and handed over to the Jaffna branch of the TID on the same day,” the Spokesmen said.
A cache of firearms and explosives including some grenades have been seized following statements made by him.
“Some of the suspects arrested had supplied weapons and explosives to Dr. Sivaruban to be hidden by him. A Special Police team headed by an ASP had been appointed to conduct investigations to ascertain the Channels through which these suspects received weapons and explosives,” he said.
An alleged plan hatched to assassinate former Minister and EPDP Leader Douglas Devananda and former LTTE Military Wing Leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralidaran alias Karuna Amman had also been uncovered during the interrogation of Dr. Sivaruban.
Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera also issued a media release giving the progress of investigations concerning Dr.Sivaruban. The Police news release said that Dr. Sivaruban and the other seven suspects arrested had not made any confession about a plot to assassinate former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa or former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“The reports circulating on an alleged conspiracy to assassinate former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa are false,” stated the Police spokesman.