The JVP-led National People's Power (NPP) asked the government to immediately remove Major General Suresh Sallay from his position as Director of the State Intelligence Service (SIS).

This call was prompted by allegations made against him in the Channel 4 documentary, accusing him of involvement in the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks.

NPP MP Vijitha Herath said the government must conduct an impartial inquiry against Sallay and state minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan who was also accused in the film.

“It is utterly absurd to initiate an inquiry while Major General Suresh Sallay, who faces allegations, continues to hold his position as the director of the SIS,” he remarked.

“As disclosed by Mawlana in the Channel 4 video, it is evident that former eastern province chief minister Pillayan and Suresh Sallay had direct links to the Easter Sunday bombers,” he added.

The MP noted that photographs featuring Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Mawlana, and Pillayan have surfaced, with Mawlana himself confirming the association with Pillayan.

“The actual culprits behind the attacks remain at large because investigations have not been appropriately directed. These revelations shed light on the mastermind and the genuine motives behind the attacks,” Herath said.

The MP pointed out that Major General Suresh Sallay, who faced accusations of involvement in the attacks, was swiftly appointed as director of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) by Gotabaya Rajapaksa shortly after he assumed the presidency.

He suggested that Sallay’s appointment and the Easter attacks might be interconnected.

Furthermore, he asserted that investigations against Gotabaya Rajapaksa should be reopened since he is no longer the president and thus no longer enjoys immunity from legal proceedings.


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