Former IGP Pujith Jayasundara alleged that according to the information he received, the former Governor of the Eastern Province, M.L.A.M. Hizbullah had provided political protection for National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) Leader Zaharan Hashim.
He was testifying on 9 October before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019, bombings.
He said he had received information that Zaharan and the Kattankudy Police had close links after a clash between the NTJ and another organisation called Sunnatul Wal Jama’at at Aliyar Junction in Kattankudy, in March 2017, and that he ordered a separate investigation be conducted into it.
In response to a question by a member of the Commission as to whether there was any political influence in the conduct of the inquiry, the witness said it was clearly politically influenced. When asked again if it was possible to name the individuals involved, the witness said he had received information that Hizbullah had influenced the investigation.