Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

‘Serious questions’ over Eastern Governor’s links to NTJ, says TNA

A Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian said there are “serious questions” regarding the Governor of the Eastern Province and his links to the National Thowheed Jamaath, a lesser known jihadist group that has been blamed by Sri Lankan authorities for the Easter Sunday bombings that have killed over 300 people.

Addressing parliament this morning, TNA MP M A Sumanthiran also said Sri Lanka’s president “has now become the first person who should take responsibility for attacks” after it was revealed Sri Lankan authorities had prior warning of the attacks.

“Very serious questions have arisen as to the why preventive action was not taken when information was available,” tweeted the official TNA account, quoting Sumanthiran. “Those responsible for this – from the very top – must at the very least resign.”

Speaking earlier TNA leader R Sampanthan called for a new constitution for the island. There have been several rounds of talks and negotiations regarding a new constitution, but few tangible results.”If we are to survive as a country, this commitment must be honoured,” Sampanthan said.

See more from the TNA twitter account here.

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.