Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a five-member committee to investigate allegations of intelligence inputs being ignored and related errors that led to the Easter Sunday bombings, killing over 258 people. According to an extraordinary gazette notification on Saturday, the committee would comprise two appeal court judges, two retired high court judges and a retired administrator. The panel will investigate allegations of disregarding of prior intelligence inputs on the Easter attacks and related errors which stopped authorities from taking preventive action. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportOn April 21, nine suicide bombers carried out a series of blasts that tore through three churches and as many high-end hotels in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, killing 258 people. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings. The new five-member committee was constituted following local Catholic church Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s demand for an independent investigation. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsEarlier, Sirisena had appointed a three-member panel to probe the attacks that led to the sacking and the arrest of the then police chief Pujith Jayasundera and top defense ministry official Hemasiri Fernando. Sirisena initially resisted a parliamentary probe and slammed its suggestion as an attempt to pin blame on him for the attacks. The constitution of the latest panel is being seen as a move to appease the Catholic minorities ahead of the November 16 presidential election. It is not yet clear if Sirisena will contest the elections.
New Delhi: Two persons were arrested for stabbing a 16-year-old boy in Budh Vihar area of Rohini. Police said that the accused wanted to teach a lesson to the victim for talking to a girl.They also hurled fake allegations of harassment on the victim. Police identified the accused as Jony (23) and Kala (21). Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) SD Mishra said that on September 17, a PCR call was received in Budh Vihar police station. On enquiry, it was revealed that a quarrel had taken place between some boys and the injured. He had sustained stab injuries in his abdomen and grievous injuries on his head. DCP Rohini further said that both the accused disclosed that victim used to stalk the girlfriend of one of their friends due to which he incurred inimical feeling towards him. DCP Mishra said that the allegation of stalking turned out to be fake.