Two arrested over lectures on extremism

2021-04-08 at 06:56

Two individuals who held lectures on extremist ideologies for students who completed the Ordinary Level Examination have been arrested in Oluvil by the Terrorist Investigation Division.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana told NewsRadio the 30 and 39-year-old individuals, residents of Oluvil, were arrested on the offence of spreading extremist ideologies.

The Police Media Spokesman said the duo had used video footage and content of lectures by various international terrorist organisations.

The DIG said the students were also instructed to undergo physical fitness training while students who refused to undergo training were assaulted by the two suspects.

The DIG said efforts are underway to trace youth who refused to undergo the training in order to direct them to the Judicial Medical Officer.

The duo has been escorted to the TID headquarters in Colombo and will be detained under provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

DIG Ajith Rohana said the duo was trained by Zahran Hashim, the main perpetrator of the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks.

The DIG added two more suspects were arrested in Mutur by the TID also for conducting lectures on extremist ideologies in the area in 2018 for O/Level students.