The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has commenced investigations against the then governor of the Western Province, Azath Sally, for allegedly pressurizing the police in the investigation of the vandalism of Mawanella Buddha statues.
Steps have been taken to start the investigation from the beginning under the supervision of an Assistant Superintendent of Police, according to a report in state-run Sinhala daily Dinamina.
The Buddha statues that had been installed at three locations in Mawanella were damaged on December 26, 2018 and a team of Mawanella Police Station and a special police team of Kegalle Police had commenced investigations into the .
Retired DIG Palitha Siriwardena, who was the then Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of Kegalle Division, has said that during the course of the investigation, Mr. Azath Sally teephoned him and said that he would hand over the two main suspects involved in damaging the statues through a Mawlawi.
Siriwardena has said that the call was made by the then Inspector General of Police (IGP), Pujith Jayasundara, after making the initial call and stating that Asath Sally was speaking.
It was also revealed that the suspects who were said to be handed over by Mr. Asath Salley were the brothers of Mawanella Ibrahim who were preparing for the second attack after the Easter Sunday attack.
The two brothers are currently in the custody of the CID.