Oct 11, 2018

Southerners behind tar-splattered Buddha statues in north? (video) Featured

Cultural affairs minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe has told parliament that there are suspicions that the Buddha statues left behind by the military when they vacated their camps in the north had been splattered with tar by groups from the south wanting to create an opinion of enmity against the northern people, according to radiogagana.com.

He said he personally witnessed these harmed Buddha statues during a tour of the northeast.

Rajapakshe said he believed the ulterior motive was to create an opinion in the south against the northern people that even a Buddha statue cannot be kept in the north.

He added that the Army had erected Buddha statues permanently in the north despite objections by Nayake Theras of the Bhikku Bala Mandala.