Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith  today urged the Government to bring to book those who ignored early warnings about the attacks and failed to take measures to stop them.

“It is a grave crime that those who had information about the attacks failed to take the necessary steps to prevent them. We are happy that the present government is carrying out investigations. We urge the authorities to bring those who failed to stop these attacks also to book,” Cardinal Ranjith said.

He made these remarks during a press conference held to announce the preparations for the first anniversary of the terror attacks which falls on 21 April. Nearly 400 people were killed in the bomb attacks with close to 200 injured.

The Cardinal said those who funded these attacks and gave the terrorists logistical support should be punished too adding that those who engaged in violence in the aftermath of the attacks should also be dealt with.

The first anniversary commemoration of the Easter Day attacks will be kept low key due to the spread of the corona virus. The remembrance activities will include observing two-minute silence at 8.45 a.m. as well as lighting of candles and oil lamps at churches, temples and other places of religious worship.