The Government said yesterday that the main suspects allegedly involved in the Rajagiriya claymore incident were Tamil lodgers who had come to Colombo for various jobs like brick- laying.
Government Defence Spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told a news conference yesterday that eight suspects had been arrested in connection with the discovery of a claymore bomb weighing 20 kilos which had been smuggled into Colombo to cause a massive disaster.
Mr. Rambukwella said the two main suspects had, however, been in Colombo as lodgers to work out their plan.
`If police caught them ten minutes before the recovery of the explosives,
everyone would have taken them as innocent persons doing odd jobs in Colombo,` he said.
According to initial inquiries, he said there had been a telephone call from London instructing the driver of the vehicle who was to transport the mine, to go to Maradana and meet another group of persons.
Mr. Rambukwella said there were cases where elderly woman lodgers had been ordered to act as the mothers or grandmothers of LTTE infiltrators in the event of a police raid on their lodge.
`They have been ordered to weep and wail when these suspects are arrested by the security forces. We will release a CD to the media shortly, showing arrested suspects confessing to this,` he said.
He said a government could not be 100 percent perfect in taking decisions to safeguard the national security of the country under these circumstances.
Mr. Rambukwella thanked the general public for helping police to find this bomb and avert a grave tragedy in Colombo.
`It is the people`s constant vigilance that helped the defence authorities to detect this claymore. Police acted on a telephone call received on the `119 emergency line`,` he said.
Referring to the abduction issue, he said the Government had now looked into the matter, and there were no cases reported during the last few days.
He said the Government would investigate each abduction case reported and President Mahinda Rajapaksa had set up a special co-ordinating office to deal with the problem.
`We thank the media for giving sufficient coverage to the issue while drawing our attention to it,` he said.
However, he said there were incidents where people were abducted for ransom in the LTTE controlled areas, but no one pays any attention to them.