Two arrested over conducting extremist lectures for students who had completed O/L

April 8, 2021 at 10:05 AM

Two individuals have been arrested in Oluvil by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on charges of propagating extremism in Sri Lanka.

Police Spokesman, DIG Ajith Rohana said the suspects had promoted extremism by conducting classes for students who had completed the GCE Ordinary Level Examination.

The suspects have been identified as 30 and 39-year-olds from the Oluvil area.

DIG Ajith Rohana said the men had shared videos and contents of lecturers conducted by various terrorist organizations based overseas, especially those linked to extremism and terrorism.

He said students attending the classes had been forced to undergo a physical fitness training, while some students had refused to do so.

The students that had refused to undergo physical training had reportedly been assaulted by the two suspects.

DIG Ajith Rohana said some of the assaulted students have been traced and will be produced before the Judicial Medical Officer.

He said investigations have revealed that the two suspects have been guided by the ringleader of the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks Zahran Hashim.

The Police Spokesman said the two suspects arrested by the TID have been transferred to the TID headquarters in Colombo.

He added that they have been detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). (NewsWire)