Jun 21, 2017

Risath, Sivajilingam also under investigation Featured

Investigations are underway into 21 complaints against persons including Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera, minister Risath Bathiudeen and northern provincial councilor M.K. Sivajiligam that they have made remarks detrimental to communal and religious reconciliation, according to police.

Police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said at today’s (21) cabinet news briefing that the original audios of their statements would be obtained from media institutions for purposes of investigations.

He also said there were reports of 14 incidents of attacks against religious and business places since May 16, and that 15 suspects arrested over those instances.

Response after studying statement

Meanwhile, co-cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the government would study a statement issued by Asgiriya Chapter’s Karaka Sangha Sabha yesterday and make a response.

He said the law is equally enforced against Gnanasara Thera, Sinhalese, Muslims etc. irrespective of their religion, or whether they are Buddhist monks or priests.

Senaratne advised Buddhists monks to behave in a dignified manner, noting that the country was having disciplinary committees to ensure same, as existed in the order of monks after Lord Buddha.