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All Saints’ Church grenade incident: Arrested doctor’s son challenges CCD statement

Fr. Jude Krishantha, Media Director of the Archdiocese of Colombo, said the Catholic Church had also appointed a committee to study the matter and they would conduct a meeting soon to discuss the progress of the investigation.

So far, the CCD had arrested seven suspects over the incident and informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court that they were being detained for further questioning.

One suspect who is under detention had also provided a confidential statement to Colombo’s Additional Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya for more than an hour.

The CCD informed the Additional Magistrate that based on the retired doctor’s confession,   it had detained a person named ‘Ranale Ruwan’ from the Ranna area in Hambantota on Thursday.

According to the inquiry, Ranale Ruwan was wanted by the authorities since it was he who gave the hand grenade to the retired doctor, who was a former director of a state hospital.

The CCD further informed Court that it had also detained a 65-year-old man from Panamure area. He is believed to have placed the hand grenade at the church in Borella as seen in the church cctv footage which the police initially failed to view.

The police arrested the man after Colombo’s Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith addressed a news conference where he questioned the police as to why they did not want to view the morning recording of the cctv footage. It showed the suspect placing an object near a statue where the grenade was found.

By Yoshitha Perera/ST

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