Published On: Wed, Oct 17th, 2018

President drops bombshell, alleges RAW is plotting his assassination

President Maithripala Sirisena, on Tuesday, 16 October, reportedly told his cabinet that India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was attempting to plot his assassination.

Speaking to The Hindu, sources present at the meeting reportedly said President Sirisena alleged RAW’s hand in his assassination plot, while also asserting that “PM Modi may be unaware of the plan.”

The President’s explosive claims come ahead of a bilateral meet scheduled later this week between the country’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Further, The Hindu reported, quoting sources, that President Sirisena’s allegations at the meeting came after he raised concerns over the government’s alleged ‘indifference’ towards reports of an assassination plot against him.

Earlier last month, reports suggested that the Crime Investigation Department (CID) in Sri Lanka had questioned an anti-corruption crusader named Namal Kumara, who claimed to have knowledge regarding President Sirisena’s assassination plot. Kumara subsequently led the CID to an Indian national from Kerala named Thomas, who also claimed to have knowledge of the plot.

These reports were however dismissed by the government, who warned reporters against spreading disinformation.

Meanwhile, following the meeting, President Sirisena’s advisors also called off a press meet scheduled to address the assassination plot, reported The Hindu. However, Presidential adviser Shiral Lakthilaka told the daily that the cancellation had nothing to do with President Sirisena’s claims at the cabinet meeting.

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