May 22, 2017

Gnanasara Thera to be arrested today! Featured

Bodu Bala Sena general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera will be arrested today (22) and produced before courts on a charge of inciting racism, a senior police official told Sri Lanka Mirror.

Action is to be filed against him under the international convention on civil and political rights.

Gnanasara Thera yesterday afternoon ended a fast which he began earlier in the day at the Malwatte Vihara premises against his imminent arrest.

When contacted, he told SLM that he left the temple, where an ordination was due to take place.

Muslim politicians protest

Meanwhile, Muslim politicians last week issued a warning to the government that they would resort to strong action if no measures were taken to prevent attacks targeting mosques and Muslim businesses.

Meeting at the Muslim religious affairs ministry on May 19 they decided to ask president Maithripala Sirisena and prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to take steps to prevent communal clashes.

Meanwhile, commenting on the petrol bomb attack on Jumma Mosque at Maligapitiya in Kurunegala in the early hours of yesterday, US ambassador Atul Keshap tweeted, “Any attack on a house of worship is reprehensible; this is the third in a week. I hope authorities arrest and try the perpetrators soonest.”

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