The Colombo Telegraph now reveals that the Special Task Force who were deployed on Sunday morning in Dharga town and Aluthgama received specific instructions to “protect the procession”, resulting in them adhering to the orders and firing tear gas towards the Muslims.
Only 900 STF officers were deployed to provide security.
The orders were to protect the procession from the attack of the “Muslims” instead of protecting “anyone against violence”.
The orders resulting in the Special Task Force officers giving protection to the mob and dispersing the Muslims who had gathered or were resisting and fighting the mob.
Many residents told our on the spot correspondent that the STF colluded with the mob and were attacking the Muslim youth.
However, Military sources confirmed that they had no option and were following orders that they received.
Military sources on the ground told the Colombo Telegraph that the alleged catalyst to the incident could not be “the stones pelted by the mosque”.
“if it was so then how did the mob simultaneously start torching and attacking in Aluthgama, Adikarigoda and houses inside Dharga town. If this was the catalyst then the riot should spread from the Dharga town mosque to the other places, it cant all happen at once”.
Further assertions were made as to how the mob was prepared with Petrol which was used for the arson.
“From where did the Petrol come from if this was a peaceful procession and it was the Muslims who attacked?” curfew was declared so there was no way petrol could have been brought from outside” they said.
Earlier UNP MP Palitha Thawarapperuma who was an eye witness to the scene and was assaulted according to him by ” those who follow the Drunkard Gnanasara” said that the Police and STF simply watched on as the mob ran rampage.
” I was taking 16 Muslims in my vehicle and there were mobs carrying swrods and poles while the Police and STF were around. The Police and STF simply watched them and did nothing and thereafter they attacked me. I thought one of the mothers would have died in my vehicle, a 9 month old baby was attacked by stones and I was rushing them to hospital” he said.
Detailing how he got involved at the time of the incident, he said he recieved calls from the parents of three children who were straded in a hostel.