Feb 03, 2018

Ven. Bellanwila Nayaka Thera was not ‘attacked’

The late Chief incumbent of the Bellanwila Temple - Prof. Ven. Wimalarathana Thera had not been ‘attacked’ by a tusker at the temple, reports say.
 
Doctors who had been treating the Thera have reportedly told Dayaka Sabha members of the temple that the Thera had suffered a fatal heart attack while being treated and the Thera was not ‘attacked’ but had faced an accident while feeding the animal. 
 
Although initial reports claimed that the Thera was attacked by the tusker, it was later learnt that the Thera was feeding the tusker named Miyan Kumar some tamarind yesterday morning (02) when the beast had suddenly grabbed the food, causing the accident. 
 
The accident had caused severe harm to the Thera’s ribs and lungs, hospital sources say.
 
The Thera was initially rushed to the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital and was later transferred to the Asiri Surgical Hospital for further treatment. 
 
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