Sirisena loyalist Azath Salley in his testimony before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing Easter attacks, said the Police and National Thawheed Jamath (NTJ) were working in cohorts since as early as 2005.
Salley implied terrorist Zaharan and NTJ members were protected by someone in the top brass of the Police leadership or was being protected by a powerful political hand, when he noted NTJ members were enjoying unconditional immunity from arrests and were not taken into custody even after they rioted in Kattankudy in 2017.
“Zaharan and his gang set fire to 120 houses in Kattankudy but the Police didn’t take any action at all!…Seeing Police inaction the residents of the area then took to the streets and protested against the injustice…The OIC who tried to arrest him was immediately transferred,” he added.
Salley says he even wrote to the IGP regarding the sudden transfer of the OIC but to no avail.
The Ex-Governor went on to note the NTJ harassed traditional Muslims working in cohorts with the Police and were not even allowed to lodge a complaint when they were subjected to abuse by NTJ members.