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Zaharan’s Attitudes, Preaching Turned Towards Violent Extremism After Digana Attacks: Ex-DIG Nalaka Silva

Testifying before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing Easter attacks, ex-DIG Nalaka Silva said the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) monitoring terrorist Zaharan’s activities daily noticed, his preaching and attitudes took a sharp turn towards violent extremism following Digana attacks against Muslims in 2018 by extremist Sinhala Buddhist mobs.

Nalaka De Silva

The former TID Deputy Chief, accused of plotting to assassinate Sirisena, told the PSC that the TID surveillance revealed, following Digana attacks led by extremist Amith Weerasinghe last year, Zaharan’s social media presence turned prolific, all updates were based on violent extremism and his preaching revealed that he began justifying and sympathizing with ISIS terrorism.

“The TID operated directly under the purview of the IGP. Every video Zaharan uploaded was shared with the IGP and was briefed on many occasions regarding Zaharan’s turn towards violent extremism,” Nalaka added.

Nalaka Silva says he had on several occasions even recommended the proscription of the NTJ, recognizing the danger it posed.

He says the investigation and other strategic moves planned to counter Zaharan’s moves, were hindered due to his abrupt arrest in 2018. An open warrant had been obtained against Zaharan in July 2018, followed by a blue warrant. Nalaka Silva had stated his eventual plan was to obtain an INTERPOL warrant for Zaharan’s arrest in case he fled the country.

Nalaka Silva was arrested in October 2018, over alleged assassination plot against several VIPs.

The TID had been monitoring activities of Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamath organisation since 2013/2014, which in the years to come, broke up in to break away groups.

“It was a group established in Sri Lanka upon gaining inspiration from Tamil Nadu, but they were not violent extremists at their inception,” he told the PSC. He notes even the breakaway NTJ, although were radical in their preachings, were not subscribing to violent extremism at its beginning.

Among other concerns he had raised with the PSC included Facebook’s lack of response to correspondence by the TID on the subject of blocking accounts and access of the site to individuals engaged in spreading violent extremism .

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    No right thinking citizens of Sri lankan can trust and credintical of ex-DIG Nalaka De Silva behaviour during his period on duties in the Police services leads on suspicion ground by his act of foul play many unknown critical political issues of our country.
    Nowadays most of Police services men are corrupted; from top to bottom by political interference of UNP leadership headed by Ranil Wicks and MS of President. .
    As key law enforcement authority and its agency of State, that police services failure delivered clean and honest services to people of Island. By maintaining day to day the law and order of country that police services of Sri lanka has been abandoned by High ranking Police Officers,that including Nlak De Silva of ex-DIG.
    These persons talk of whatever said and done ongoing investigation proved definitely harm will be violated by such a police men like Nalaka.
    What ever politics of country he is having affiliation to UNP that Nalaka has turn to so many mischiefs activities by ex-DIG… in the police services. We cannot trust him at any cost of right of Democracy we have eject from that services..
    He is lying to the public, if that he was incharge of DIG of on that day Muslim Terrorist attack he would been able prevent of 21/4/19 attack.That is quite impossible .Non existence of case of Terrorist attack by Muslim extremists are far above that ex-DIG vision.. ISIS involvement are world famous covered operation to harm national security and stability of Island system by UNP leadership….?.
    Read real security situation by Muslim Terror threat in advance divulged by state intelligence to President and Prime-Minsters and all members of Parliament by PDF .Inaction of report has been dodge by President and Primer-minister.

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      DIG Nalaka Silva is talking the truth without mixing up the words in clear terms. Only the Sinhala Racist Network and Pro Rajapakse elements, members and well wishers are the ones who will reject Nalaka Silva’s claims. Because, the truth he speaks exposes the real culprit behind all these and other carnages committed in the name of Sinhala Buddhism….The Sinhala Buddhist Racist Network is that culprit without any doubts. So, the racists are forced to reject DIG Nalaka Silva’s expose’.

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    Why did Putin make it a law for his intelligence to go back to type Writers and not to use internet ?
    Putin is the most intelligent leader in the world today.
    There is talk (not verified, so far its talk , but best take everything as A THREAT , until it is 100% cleared)
    The ISIS (Pls dont miss my inverted comas) “to use human Couriers” (Verbal narrators , with excellent memory skills) so no hard copies & no soft copies .
    So please dont take a second of this freedom our Police ,Forces& especially our super intelligence services who may even be as good as any sophisticated 1st world Country’s. have so far worked tirelessly to provide to the public.
    And don’t panic about the political motivated fear psychosis about exposing intelligence team , how can the ex DIG in question reveal the identity of such sophisticated men and women who exist but are totally invisible ? Not even the politicians, police or forces or NIB is aware of them , they may not even be in Sri lanka (the previous intelligence officers killed were uniformed men so was easy to target),, not anymore ,am not going to give any clues .
    The public can contribute in a large way , by being desipline , not indulging in any Social media groups (except temp crisis groups,later must be deleted) spreading hate or rumours.
    Please dont make the task hard on our Police and Security forces .
    And dont annoy our intelligence team.pls

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      SA
      Have you heard of the problem that US cosmonauts had in writing with pens in space?
      They made subtle inquiries to find out how the Soviets managed.
      Their Soviet counterparts used something called the pencil.
      *
      One reason why the US intelligence could not penetrate the al-Shabaab in Somalia was that the latter did not use mobile phones.

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          CT

          You have done the right thing by removing two comments from this Hate Monger Thamilan. There is one more comment after this, about Muslim vendors, which also needs to be removed.

          Here is hoping that you will do so without fail.

          Thanks.

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        Pen and Pencil: Good one, SJ!

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      Here too careful those small Musulim vendors selling street to streets are spies for their sect.

      Can this Musulims Terrorists touch Russians in any part of the World?
      Putin will burn that country..don’t play with Russians.

      SL cardboard security forces must use KGP techniques to the so called warriors of Arab God ..to extract every minute details from captured Musulim men and women .

      Cheers

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    The President (Min.of Law&Order) must quickly introduce a law and maintain it until the teroror threat is cleared by Interpol .
    That is to make it mandatory for any group of more than 3 people meeting in private places , including homes , even for private parties to obtain MOD clearance at least 3 days ahead and provide details of the meeting (even if its a b’day party)
    Register all Homestay providers with the Grama Niladari and make sure they provide copies of passports of every future guests (no matter even if they are not Muslims , ISIS has plenty of recruits from other religions as paid mercenaries, people still are not aware what ISIS is all about , its far from being Islamic,its a powerful multi-religous and multi national NGO mafia to give them the correct perspective.

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    Is it my imagination. At the first ray of light, the dogs in the dark, come out barking at their shadows. The leader of the pack seems to be the ever howling one with cataracts. If a dog is senile and now blind, what else can we expect from that poor creature.

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    There is a call by certain mischievous elements for the Sinhalese and Tamil people to unite against the Muslims. However I implore my fellow Tamils not to heed to this call and be part of this marginalisation , discrimination and denying of the just rights of the island’s Muslims. We have to safeguard innocent Muslims , their lives and properties against all this madness. Whatever Islamic extremists, Rishard, or Hesbullah and other nasty Muslim politicians and elite did that is their lookout and they will have to pay but ordinary innocent Muslim lives , possessions and rights have to be safeguarded. Under no circumstances or provocation should the Tamil people be instrumental in denying the Muslims their rights. Two wrongs do not make a right.

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      Absolutely true. Well put.

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      Mr.Sampanthan already said …if N-E merger supported we will allow Musulim to be a CM.

      So that they can create a CALIPHATE

      Already lands of Tamils are being robbed by these Musulim politicos .
      And all important government jobs are only for them.

      Cheers .

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      siva sankaran

      i agree with you.We should be in a neutral corner and speak out against unfairness.We have also been at the receiving end,so there is no question of us aligning with sinhalese against muslims.Take every case individually and look into it.I’am especially interested in the dr.shafi case,if after testing is done on the women who claim that they can’t conceive anymore and he is found innocent,what an injustice for the poor man.

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    What a tragedy! Looks like Zaran would have made a nice altar boy for the same churches where he and followers committed the most barbaric massacres, if only the pyrotechnics of a few men did not take place!! Amazing what seeing a few burning shops on TV does to an otherwise saint, isn’t it?

    Lankans, writer of this article and those who promote crazy explanations for the radicalization of Moslems are Taqqia (Moslem Deception as expostulated in the Qaran) experts. DO NOT believe them. ISIS trained Moslems are coming for your life, they want to make your wives barren, they want you to become cuckolds and they want your children and you to die, either by bombings, or by attacks from nerve agents, or biological agents that can kills hundreds of thousands (such as bubonic plague). Wake up Lankans, the Devil is at your door, give up your docility and indifference and fight back with all you got. Its better to die fighting the Devil than be massacred and left like pieces of flesh like what happened to those of Easter Sunday. If you think that Zaran and others had an iota of humanity they you do not know what Moslem Satan Allah does to a man.

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      Unfortunately, CT has archived the article we were clashing under so i cant respond 2 yr last tweet. But if u look up 2002 Gujarat riots on Wikipedia, u will see how those riots were defined by various commentators (ethnic cleansing, genocide, etc), the horrific rapes & murders (i think incl. burning alive) of women & children; & the conclusion that the train fire (& deaths) was accidental.
      Of course I was unhappy about the attacks on Rushdie & the Dutch journalists, but dont think that Christians lack such things in their history. Doesnt the Catholic Church still have a list of banned books?
      And the fact that I suffered from Nazi German bombing (barely escaped death) doesnt prevent my having a German as one of my closest friends.

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        CORRECTION
        I meant ‘French’ not ‘Dutch’ journalists…Charlie Hebdo.

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        manel

        “And the fact that I suffered from Nazi German bombing (barely escaped death) doesnt prevent my having a German as one of my closest friends.”

        how come since you are sinhalese,you say you escaped german bombing.Do you mean that you were living in england at that time.That would have been 80 years ago.

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          Shankar
          The short answer is “Yes, in London.”
          And what makes you think I am Sinhalese? The name I choose to write under?

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            manel

            my name is my real name.I don’t see any reason to use some other name.So i assume that others are also like me,so i thought you were sinhalese.are you tamil?It does not matter to me as your posts are decent in nature.Are you male?
            Then are you over 80 years now if you were in london in 1940?

            ps.There was an LTTE girl who left the movement and went to australia and wrote a book under a sinhalese name too.I was wondering why?

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              Shankar

              Forgive me, I was teasing you. Now this article has been archived so u probably wont see this. I WAS born during the bombing of London, evacuated briefly to the countryside but my English mother (a hale & hearty 100 last Sunday, & as “Aryan”-looking — with blonde hair & blue eyes — as the German anti-semite bomber could have wished for), brought us back to London where my father was a BBC broadcaster. I had at least one miraculous escape from death when a bomb blew out all the windows in our street and the glass in ours shattered all over my cot.
              I grew up in London where there was strong anti-Jewish feeling but my parents were strongly opposed to such sentiments and Anne Frank’s diary became one of my favourite books. It was not until the 60s that I learnt about the Zionist eviction of the Palestinians from their homeland. And now, in Jay Chambers’ rantings I hear again the terrible voice that once used the hoaxed “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, which said the Jews were to eradicate Gentiles and take over the world. I absolutely wont be drawn into the vile net he is casting.

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                manel

                thanks for that manel.Can i call you manel now.Is that your real name and you are a woman of around 78-80 years?You and i are on same wave length on most matters i think.I too don’t like people who stereotype others. Suddenly when you are treated with kindness by someone, you realise how wrong your image of that demonized community was.Unfortunately propaganda is a powerful tool. Joseph Goebbels knew its power over people and used it effectively.Now with the internet its power has increased thousand fold and people are scrambling onto all the sites to put out their hate propaganda.

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          Shankar, now you can see that this is yet another native Lankan with a wild imagination!!

          Fonseka has a smattering of knowledge from all over, gathered in a slipshod manner, has problems with Fonseka’s PC that breaks down, and uses the handphone to write to CT sometimes.

          And Fonseka has lived in Afghanistan, and all over the Moslem world (this information came out after my challenges), and assuming Fonseka was at least 10 years old to have the memories of World War 2 bombings of London (by the way most Londoners had evacuated to the countryside, but I guess the intrepid parents of Fonseka decided to stay on as loyal denizens of London, now Londonistan thanks to the influx of millions of barbarics Moslems), Fonseka is a very old, borderline senile, 85 year old. Rather full of sprite too!!

          This is a truly remarkable person!! I am trying hard to hide my mirth.

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        Gujarat riots were just firecrackers compared to what Moslems do. Wake up please and pay attention to actual numbers of people killed and maimed. And unless you are dishonest, please do not twist facts and numbers.
        Its interesting that you talked earlier about fanaticism of only “certain Islamic sects”. Again, are you just plain dishonest or something worse?? A people who as one rise up in fanatical, apoplectic, crazed fury, killing others and destroying everything not Moslem just because someone wrote a book (Satanic Verses) or drew a cartoon of Mohamed, the so-called prophet are indeed a whole lot of fanatics. No sect-based difference here, I am afraid. To a man they are barbaric, medieval, cannibalistic animals. If you know just ONE Islamic sect not “certain Islamic sects” that are ready to discuss the Rushdie’s work peacefully like adults for its merits or discuss the portrayal of Mohamed in some shape on paper, please let me know. Maybe I am just one guy who never met those nice Moslems, maybe you have come across such thoughtful Islamic sects, I would love to learn about them and indeed visit them sometimes. But I won’t hold my breath in anticipation, because these animals do not see the world humans usually do.
        Some Hindus occasionally destroy mosques, which were however built over destroyed Hindu temples, and may indeed march and holler all kinds of rough stuff, blow a lot of hot air, But show me one instance where they beheaded non-believers of Hinduism by thousands like the way ISIS did, and destroyed world heritage sites like the Bamyan Buddhas.

        (Continued below in second posting….)

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        You say Modi encouraged “genocide”!! You really need to peruse a good dictionary and learn the definitions of these words. Enraged mobs attacking Moslems because other Moslems killed a whole trainload of Hindus is NOT genocide. That is fury and outrage, reaching dangerous levels.
        Basically, you seem to have nothing concrete to show for Hindu fanaticism, and only talk mumbo jumbo about “genocide” and destruction of mosques built over temples. Please give me a break! If you want to see utter, maniacal, unforgiving terror, with fanaticism bordering on cannibalism (Moslems always secretly celebrate the massacres of Kaffirs) then look at the Easter Sunday massacre. Tell me, did ONE innocent who was killed or maimed for life ever did anything to hurt one Moslem? Now, that is the first step towards genocide of Kaffirs in Lanka. So, if you have an iota of honesty admit it. So far in Lanka Buddhists, Christians and pagans have done nothing even remotely comparable to this massacre of innocents. Of course, Buddhist monks let out a lot of gas, and some pyromaniacs set fire to buildings but they DO NOT massacre Moslems. In fact, they cannot do that even if they tried. The underpinning morals and ethics of the Kaffir Lankans does not permit them to do these heinous crimes even under intoxication while the Devil Moslems can massacre innocents in cold blood, with smiles on their faces, stroking the head of innocent kids on the way to detonate the suicide vests, BECAUSE their satanic religion calls for it and they totally believe in it.

        I highly recommend that you read more, learn more and study the global fanaticism of Islam more. They are the Devil incarnate, bloodthirsty, and totally convinced that the killed Kaffir blood and the gore is what Allah feeds on.

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      Clearly your ignorance and seething hatred have no boundaries. However it’s not surprising; you colonialists cannot fathom the consequences of oppression.

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    SJ ..yes , true you are one of those well informed citizens , we need more like you , not ill hearted ones who want to murder innocent poor muslims who walk the streets long hours in the harsh sun to earn a few rupees to feed their families.
    Btw ISIS spies are not necessarily Muslims , money can buy lot of varities.
    This is why its always hard to eliminate terororism , tororrrists have connection with all kind of illegal business teams , espcially drugs ,Arms and human Smugglers and remember especially those involved in Drugs , Arms and human smuggling are people from all religions and races. They are all a huge network.because the world is so prejudised against the bogey terms abayas ,niqab,hijab ,halal.and sharia.
    That the real culprits are well protected by this and are very active everywhere

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    Really? Mossad is here to take Revenge on Sri Lanka for severing DPL relations with the zionist entity twice in the 1970s by Mrs. the B. and again in 1990s by Premadasa. For the zionist entity, this was an Unbearable insult as Sri Lanka, a 3rd world under developed country was the first Non-Muslim country to throw them out and the zionists were waiting for the opportunity to take revenge on both Sri Lanka and the Muslims as severing DPL ties was done to please the Muslims.

    The zionists got the opportunity when JRJ restored DPL ties in 1980s, agopparently to get military help to fight Tamil Terror. The zionists gladly supplied military equipment which was good business for them and also TRAINED Tamil Terrorists in their country FREE of CHARGE on how to counter the weapons they sold to Sri Lanka thus making sure the war continued for almost 3 decades. Their Revenge succeeded on two fronts – Profits on weapons sale and making Sri Lanka bleed for nearly 3 Decades.

    That is NOT enough for them. They want Muslims to Suffer and Sri Lanka to continue to Bleed. They have done that by Training at least about 500 Sinhalese who are the OUTSIDERS who attacked the Muslims in 2014, 2018 and on May 13, last.

    Trust the zionists and SUFFER for EVER.

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    I recommend readers who are interested to know hiddens hands of Terororism to readup on line GCSP,
    Shadow networks:
    The growing nexus of terorism and organised crimes ,this is one credible sources among many others , due to this new connection and most people not aware of it and are diverted on bogey terms like Halal,sharia,Takiya (Takiya non existend term in the quran ) ,niqab , Abaya and hijab , the terror menace is going to become very dangerously challenging , we are going to be busy chasing the bogeyman, while the real crimnals will be freely walking around & most probably wearing western cloathes and who knows even with orignal non muslim name Identity cards .
    Hope we have seen the end of teroror in Sri Lanka .

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    Whatever the DIG has to say about the attack , the world was witnessing
    Violent Extremist Buddhists with direct involvement of Racist and
    Violent Monks from among Buddhist clergy had been on a mission to
    destroy Muslim’s businesses and the livelihood ! The country today tries
    to avoid this chapter from mainstream discussions but knows well the
    possibilities . It is the governments that run the show of orthodox and
    extremist Buddhism for their convenience . Gnanasara is a tacit example .
    How many days is it since his president’s pardon to his warning to the
    Muslim community and ultimatum to the government ? Again , the govt
    found an easy escape route by sacrificing all Muslim ministers in the
    place of one and instead of targeting the monks in question ? People elect
    governments for monks to threaten with their nothing-to-do with religions
    behaviour ? When will the governments act against the root cause ?
    Eliminate all extremism from all communities , mot one !

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    Why is ex-DIGP wearing the fancy dress?

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      pillai

      for future compensation of course. he can retire comfortably at taxpayers expense.

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    ‘Testifying before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing Easter attacks, ex-DIG Nalaka Silva said the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) monitoring terrorist Zaharan’s activities daily noticed, his preaching and attitudes took a sharp turn towards violent extremism following Digana attacks against Muslims in 2018 by extremist Sinhala Buddhist mobs.’

    IF I AM RIGHT, THERE SEEMS SOME LOGIC IN IT.

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      Mano ,

      Agree with you but again , why the Church ? Could it be , Extremist
      Buddhist displayed their muscle to Muslims because of the size of
      Muslims against the majority and Extremist Muslims chose the
      Sinhalese speaking but Christians by religion for the same , Size
      argument ? just a guess !

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    Next year will decide our future for many years.

    If a new hardline extremist government takes over in 2020 ,
    We may be dragged into a dangerous situation.

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    thanks for that manel.Can i call you manel now.Is that your real name and you are a woman of around 78-80 years?You and i are on same wave length on most matters i think.I too don’t like people who stereotype others. Suddenly when you are treated with kindness by someone, you realise how wrong your image of that demonized community was.Unfortunately propaganda is a powerful tool. Joseph Goebbels knew its power over people and used it effectively.Now with the internet its power has increased thousand fold and people are scrambling onto all the sites to put out their hate propaganda.

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      Shankar
      Since I have always used that name on CT, yes, certainly u may use it.
      My SL Muslim friends are among the finest people I know and wouldnt dream of subscribing in any way at all to radical hatred, bombings, etc. Apart from that, some of them are even non believers. Chambers — articulate tho he is — seems to b a man with a mission. Perhaps there is a Nazi among his German forbears. I wonder if he is a member of a British or German right-wing organization. Alas, the fascists are on the move, in Britain, too.

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