Parliament employee with NTJ links arrested

Hospital employee leads police to Zaharan’s associate

By Hemantha Randunu

The Kurunegala police have arrested a senior translator attached to Parliament for his alleged involvement with the now proscribed National Thawheed Jamat (JMT), which is responsible for the Easter Sunday carnage.

Investigators took the suspect into custody yesterday (19) from his residence at Rajagiriya. The police made the arrest after informing Speaker Karu Jayasuriya of the suspect’s alleged involvement with the NTJ.

The police described the suspect who had joined the staff of the parliament in 2006 as a member of the NTJ.

Investigations have revealed that the suspect had been an active member of the NTJ and close associate of Zaharan Hashim, who carried out a suicide attack on Shangrila-la hotel along with another bomber.

Since the April 21 bombings, the suspect had reported to work only for a few days, the police said.

Sources revealed that an employee of the Kurunegala hospital, arrested in connection with his involvement with the NTJ, had named the parliament worker as a key NTJ member. The police described the hospital employee as a senior employee of the ECG Section.

The police said that the suspect was a resident of Alawathugoda, Kandy though he lived in a house at Rajagiriya. Sources said that he had regularly met NTJ members at a safe house in Akurana and assured the NTJ that he would remove police check points on four different roads leading to Akurana with the help of members of parliament known to him. The NTJ operated from Akurana.

The police said that the suspect would be held under detention orders for 72 hours. He is believed to have destroyed NTJ documents and some other items following the April 21 bombings.

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