Parliament warns Sirisena against scuttling Easter attacks investigation

PM Narendra Modi to be First Prime Minister to Visit Sri Lanka After Easter Bombings

258 people, including 11 Indians, were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.

India and China, which are the top two sources of tourists to Sri Lanka, also revised their travel advisories, raising hopes that the tourism industry would be able to recover from its post-Easter Sunday attack slump.

In his May 29 testimony to parliament, intelligence boss Sisira Mendis said security council meetings were irregular, making it hard to properly protect the island nation.

Police said in a statement that Sirisena met with senior officers Friday evening and told them he doesn't favor intelligence officers being summoned by a parliamentary committee to discuss sensitive details in the presence of the media.

The warning came after Mr. Sirisena said he would not cooperate with the parliamentary probe and would not allow defence or police officials to testify before the committee. Top Indian intelligence officials said information shared at the highest level between the two countries indicated that Mendis was sacked after Sri Lankan agencies failed to act on specific inputs about the terror plot.

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena speaks during a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents Association at his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 25, 2018.

Mr Sirisena's office did not give a reason for the sacking. Halfway through his testimony, the live telecast of the proceedings was stopped on the president's orders, official sources said. Mr. Sirisena called an emergency Cabinet meeting on Friday to oppose the legislature's investigation into the attacks.

The Sri Lankan police have made elaborate security arrangements for Narendra Modi's visit including restriction in traffic movement during the day.

The ISIS claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings. The country has been under a state of emergency since the bombings.

Modi arrived in Colombo for a brief stopover on his return from an official visit to the Maldives on Saturday.

Sirisena's defence secretary and police chief have suggested that he did not follow proper protocols in dealing with intelligence warnings about the bombings.

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