Former Cabinet minister and Wanni district MP Rishad Bathiudeen was arrested by the Police at 3 am on Saturday April 24th 2021. The leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) that has four MP’s in the current Parliament from the Wanni, Puttalam, Anuradhapura and Amparai districts was arrested in his Bullers Rd (Bauddhaloka Mawatte) residence.
Shortly before his arrest, the ex-cabinet minister tweeted “ The CID has been standing outside my house in Baudhaloka Mawatha since 1.30 am today attempting to arrest me without a charge. They have already arrested my brother. I have been in Parliament, and have cooperated with all lawful authorities until now. This is unjust.”
A video in Tamil was also posted on Rishad Bathiudeen’s official Facebook in which the Sarong clad Wanni district MP said that the Police had refused to answer when queried whether the Parliament speaker had been informed or whether the Police had an arrest warrant to take him into custody.
Bathiudeen also stated in the video that he was being arrested in the holy month of Ramazan when people of the Islamic faith engage in a 30 day fast during daytime
The ACMC leader kept repeating in the video that he was totally innocent and that he along with his brother were being penalised unjustly.
He also reiterated that there was a conspiracy to silence him to prevent his speaking out on behalf of the Muslim people in Sri Lanka.
Prior to Rishad Bathiudeen’s arrest at his residence on Bullers Road(Bauddhaloka Mawatte) in Colombo 7, his brother Riyaj Bathiudeen was arrested at his residence in Colombo 6 by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Police.
Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said the Bathiudeen brothers were arrested at their Bauddhaloka Mawatha & Wellawatte residences.
“They were arrested by the CID on the charges of aiding and abetting the suicide bombers responsible for the 2019 April 21s Attacks,” said DIG Ajith Rohana.
The Criminal Investigations Department had recorded statements from witnesses and collected circumstantial as well as scientific evidence, he added.
Further investigations will continue under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act ,he said.