Tamil Nadu-based Islamic​ outfit inspired Sri Lankan suicide bombers, claims Buddhist monk
Posted on May 25th, 2019

Courtesy The Indian Express

In 2013, monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara was blamed for leading a major anti-Muslim riot in the Muslim-dominated town of Aluthgama in the Western Province.



COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk, who was controversially released from jail, has claimed that a Tamil Nadu-based Islamic organisation had inspired the local Islamist extremist group NTJ for carrying out the country’s worst terror attack on Easter Sunday.

Earlier this month, the Sri Lankan Army chief said that some of the suicide bombers visited Kashmir and Kerala for “some sorts of training” or to “make some more links” with other foreign outfits.

Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels on April 21, killing nearly 260 people and injuring 500 others.

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Hardline Buddhist monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara, speaking to reporters on Friday, said that two Tamil Nadu Thowheeth Jamaath (TNTJ) men — Ayub and Abdeen — visited Sri Lanka.

“They met one Abdul Razik here. The idea was to provoke Buddhists to attack Muslims. They spread stories derogatory of the Buddha,” Gnanasara said.

The hardline Buddhist monk was addressing the media for the first time since President Maithripala Sirisena ordered his release using a presidential pardon.

He was sentenced to six-year imprisonment for contempt of court in August last year. Due to Sirisena’s pardon, he was released from the jail after spending nine months behind bars.

“The TNTJ created Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ) and later All Ceylon Thowheeth Jama’ath. The SLTJ was later split under nine separate leaders,” Gnanasara said.

He said that despite the arrest of almost everyone connected to the NTJ, another key figure Abdul Razik is still at large.

“This Razik is misleading the security forces. We will locate him soon,” he said.

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The TNTJ, in a statement issued last month, denied any links with the NTJ and said that both the TNTJ and the SLTJ have been involved in social service and have been campaigning against terrorist organisations.

Gnanasara became notorious for his anti-Muslim stance.

In 2013, he was blamed for leading a major anti-Muslim riot in the Muslim-dominated town of Aluthgama in the Western Province.

Since the Easter Sunday attacks, Gnanasara’s prophecy on rising Muslim militancy gained credibility. He had publicly claimed many years ago that the NTJ was grouping for terror attacks.

He was sent to jail for the contempt of court. His 19-year term was commuted to a 6-year concurrent sentence. Sirisena’s decision to release him has triggered widespread criticism by religious minority and rights groups.

Sri Lanka has banned the NTJ and arrested over 100 people in connection with the blasts.

4 Responses to “Tamil Nadu-based Islamic​ outfit inspired Sri Lankan suicide bombers, claims Buddhist monk”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    I’ve been saying this all along.

  2. Christie Says:

    Indian sponsored terrorism will not go away until the Sinhalese are wiped out from the island.

    India has done it in Andamans without the world noticing the disappearance of its natives.

    How did India knew before hand the details of the attack?

  3. Randeniyage Says:

    I have been saying “Indian Conspiracy” coming since last year. They have tried many times and failed so far to get what they want, mainly due to “WEAK” UNP government. UNP is restricted somewhat by oppositions , both JO and JVP. Under these restrictions UNP was clearly becoming PRO-CHINA, not PRO-INDIA. USA is proxy of India.

    India knew this attack (because it was arranged by RAW) and also arranged Sirisena not to anything about it. India conspired Sirisena to grab ALL defense powers.

    Sinhalese “Mala Perete” politicians will not allow the country to develop, unless Indian command is followed. Sinhalese will vote again for Indian influence. Earlier the elections better for India and likely JVP too is under their bag.

    Very pathetic situation for us.

    As long as people get fooled by Indian Proxies appearing before people as “saviors of the nation”, we are doomed.

  4. Dilrook Says:

    Since 1980s Sri Lanka has been an exporter of terrorism. Tamil terrorism originated in Sri Lanka and was exported (not the other way around). Same with Islamic terrorism – the Sri Lankan version. None were members of ISIS. It is home-grown terrorism once again and now Sri Lanka exports it.

    Some training, indoctrination and ideological support were provided by foreign elements. But those components by themselves don’t make up terrorism. Only explosives were imported and some were not even imported by the terrorists.

    This is the true horror of the situation everyone tries to push under the carpet. Sri Lanka is a terrorism exporter and is a danger to the world. If we continue to pussyfoot the matter, regional and world powers will intervene on their terms.

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