Kurunegala: The Sri Lankan police officers, in all, have taken as many as 89 people into custody after a series of bomb blasts which took place in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

On Monday (May 20), the Kurunegala police arrested six people in connection with the series of bomb blasts. Among them, three have been remanded after being produced at the courts and the remaining three are currently held in an investigation.

According to Kurunegala Police, a group of persons had been conducting a training camp at a coconut estate in the Alakoladeniya area, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. On May 9, the police had arrested three men following an investigation. The three were later identified as the owner of the coconut cultivation, the coordinator of the training programs and a lecturer at the training programs relatively.

The police media spokesperson further stated that the information led to the arrest of two more people on May 11. Among them, an employee of the Kurunegala hospital, from Ambakote, was arrested in this manner. With more investigation, the police officials realised that a large amount was deposited in the suspect's bank account, from time to time.

 Similarly, the second suspect, from Ambakote, the police had managed to find many bank cheques with him.

On the other hand, the Kurunegala Police arrested a parliamentary official over connections with the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) organisation. The suspect was working as a translator at the parliament for 12 years. The Defense Ministry has permitted the police officers to detain the suspect and question him for 90 days.

The 89 people have been taken into custody over several links to the Easter Sunday attack. Out of 89, 68 people are under the custody of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) while the remaining 21 are under the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID).