UNP MP Palitha Thewarapperuma who came under attack by Sinhalese mobs while rescuing victims, in a startling revelation to the Daily Mirror website, said that a mosque was attacked using “Claymore bombs”
“It was not a normal explosive device like a hand grenade, or some other one- it was a Claymore bomb” he says during an interview braodcast in the Sinhala language, on the Daily Mirror online webpage.
The interviewer, interjects and asks Thewarapperuma if he is making the statement with responsibility, and the Parliamentarian replies in the affirmative.
” Of course I am, the evidence is still there anyone could go and see. I have been in the army and I know the difference of a normal explosive device and a claymore bomb” he said.
Thewarapperuma a UNP MP representing the Kaluthara District was injured during the anti – Muslim riots which began on June 15th.
In the interview he further asserts that the entire attack was planned and done at the behest of a “higher power”.
” This was clearly done at the behest of some higher power, the Police and the STF acted deaf and blind. I saw how the Police and STF watched on while my vehicle and the people I transported were attacked by these mobs”.
” These were not Sinhalese Buddhists, these were about 1000- to 2000 followers of a faith that Gnanasara professes” he said.
In a revealing interview, Therapperuma details how he got involved in the incident and denies allegations of him using the riots to market himself.
In the interview which lasts for over half an hour, the UNP MP keeps insinuating that there is an ” unforeseen hand that made the Police blind- The government is to blame” among others.
However, during the latter stages of the Interview, he squarely blames the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the riots.
” He has challenged us to show proof of his alliance, I am in search of it. We missed a chance because the Vehicles Gnanasara used are said to be of the defence ministry” he said.
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