Dec 13, Colombo: Several police officers are due to testify today (13) before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday.
Officers of several police stations testified before the Commission yesterday.
Sub-inspector RM Lahiru Pradeep Udayanga testifying before the Commission Thursday said two days after the attack on April 21 he was pressurized by the then Colombo North Police Superintendent, Sanjeewa Bandara asking him to insert a document into the police books claiming that he had prior knowledge of the attack.
When the witness was questioned by the senior State Counsel, he said no advance notice of the attacks had been made.
Two days after the attack, the Colombo North Superintendent of Police Sanjeewa Bandara, had summoned the witness to his office and asked to submit a document about the attack into the entry book of the Jampettah Police checkpoint, the witness said.
However, the witness has refused the request and as a result he was transferred to the Modara Police Station and later to the Wariyapola Police Station.
Police Constable AL Nalin Bandara and Inspector AHM Sirisena Abeysinghe also testified before the Commission.
Chief Inspector of Police Inspector LH Mahinda Karunaratne of the DIG's office in Colombo North is due to give evidence today.
Former President Maithripala Sirisena appointed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on September 21st to investigate and report on the Easter Sunday attacks that killed 259 people in a series of suicide bombings in churches and hotels. The People were given the opportunity to lodge complaints related to the attacks.