Death Threats To Muslims

By Indika Sri Aravinda

At least 50 Muslim shop owners in Narammala in the Kurunegala District, have received death threats by mail.

They have been warned to close their shops by March 31 or face death, Kurunegala district organizer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Abdul Sathar said.

Sathar told The Sunday Leader that a police complaint had been lodged over the death threats received by the shop owners.

He also said that the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen had also been briefed about the incident.

When The Sunday Leader contacted the Minister he confirmed that he was aware of the threats and said that he had raised the issue with the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Bathiudeen said he had also told the IGP to investigate several other incidents targeting Muslims which had been reported from the Kurunegala district.

He warned that if the issue is not addressed soon then a situation similar to that of 1983 may befall the country.

The Minister said that he had also discussed the issue with President Mahinda Rajapaksa soon after the Cabinet meeting last week. The President had appointed a committee to look into some of the reported incidents.

Bathiudeen said he is also willing to meet any organization or political party, be it the JHU or the Bodu Bala Sena to discuss concerns over the Halal certification.

Sathar said that he was not sure from where the death threats had come to the Muslim shop owners in Narammala.

He said the Halal certification issue was meanwhile being made to spread fear in the country among Muslims.

He said that in some Temples children were told not to eat Halal food and that message was being spread around as well.

23 comments on this post.
  1. LIMA:

    BETTER NOT TO GET AFRAID , BE FIRM WITH THE GOD ALL TIME , DO NOT BOW DOWN TO ANY PRESSURE , IF WANTED TO SACRIFICE THE LIFE BETTER DO SO , DO NOT CLOSE ANY SHOP , WAIT FOR ANY ATTACKS.

  2. Mohd:

    “Muslims should not be frightened for this cowardly acts by so called some of the extreme Anti-Muslims elements” … Its time to say “ready to die’ for the religion as well as the dignity, and should show “0” tolerance for religious disharmony!!!
    “Let us face it and everybody must die one day ” …..

  3. malli:

    dont eat halal food then eat haram food, who cares let the muslims eat halal food so what is your problem of this to you bodu bala sena. who wants what let them eat you cannot force anyone to eat whay you want.

    what sort of a rule is this in sri lanka. people wanted to eat what the bodu bala sena tells us to eat. go and fly a kite. there are so many things are in sinhalese community, rape,murders etc…stop them first before monks start to finger on the other regilions. dont forget we are free now after a long battle of 30 years. dont let any foreign forces come back to our island. pray to god.

    sri lanka s human rights records are not satisfactory still by the international body.

  4. malli:

    sri lanka is a country of beasts and cussad people with sick mentality in the world. they dont like peace. they want violence and greed

  5. isham:

    why dont you tell the muslim countries not help with their halal funds,aids to sri lanka. tell them buddhist dont need money from the muslims because they are halal.can you do this. if you racist monks hated muslims.

  6. edward:

    Every where in this world we read about t muslims creating problems ,
    World is united and will soon eliminate the satan(quran)

  7. Mahen:

    Don’t get scared to these rats cowards. Yes you have over two billion around the world to support you. What these lizards can do except to run wild if come face to face. Remember how one ran to USA and now acting big. Show you are men and not ponna samis. If you need any help we are there to help you. We are watching the game show.

  8. Mohammed Rizvi:

    A true muslim not fear for death……………………………………

  9. Lanka Muslim, UK:

    YES, FACE THE BULLY COURAGEOUSLY AND EXPOSE HIM. CAN THEY ELIMINATE THE 2 MILLION MUSLIMS. DO NOT FORGET WE ARE PART OF 1.5 BILLION.

  10. Shj:

    If the GOSL does not control the BBSO, no one can control the rise of Jihad..and it will be worst than the LTTE..!!!

  11. Dr C P Thigarajah:

    The Tamils were asked to go back to India in May 2009 during the war after the Sinhala army massacred nearly 100000 Tamils civilians in that war. The reason given were that the Tamils killed were terrorists.

    Now the attention had tuned on the Muslim. Now they would be asked to go to Turkey or Bangladesh. Muslims have a homeland in Kalmunai and Kthankudy. Sinhalese will not agree to that. History repeats itself under uneducated and unenlightened people.

  12. vintage voter:

    THE BODU BALA SENA AND J.H.U ARE TWO, ARMS OF THE GOVERNMENT
    USED FOR PURPOSES ON INTIMIDATING THE MUSLIMS. MUSLIMS DO NOT
    GET EASILY PROVOKED AS CAN BE SEEN OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS.
    THEY BELIEVE IN PATIENCE AND PRAYER AS ASKED FOR BY ALLAH IN THE
    QURAN. THE PRESIDENT HAS REFERRED TO SERMONS IN MOSQUES TO BE
    CAUTIOUS AND READY FOR THE WORST. WELL THAT IS WHAT ANYONE WILL DO WHEN UNDER THREAT FOR NO REASON.IF THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS THUGS THINK THEY CAN PLAY THESE GAMES WITH MUSLIMS, THEY ARE SADLY MISTAKEN. A MUSLIM WHO STANDS UP FOR HIS RELIGION, IT IS
    VICTORY OR DEATH OF A MARTYR. THIS IS IN THE BLOOD OF EVERY MUSLIM.
    MUSLIMS WIN OR IF KILLED ARE GUARANTEED PARADISE.
    THE LAST TIME THE GOVT. OF THE TIME ACTED STUPIDLY,IT BROUGHT
    ABOUT A 30 YEAR WAR. IS THE GOVERNMENT PLANNING ON ANOTHER
    WAR?????????

  13. Dharmasiri seneviratne:

    Muslims were settled by king Senarath when they were chased away by portugese. But when we were fighting in1818 and1848 u all betrayed sinhalese by helping British we ignored all that until u started all these BURKA , HALAL ETC And destroying buddhist religious places like DEEGAWAPI
    now converting people
    The whole world knows that u people kill other religionists if u get a chance
    civilised people never destroy historical monuments like BHAMIYAN STATUES which built by their own ancestors

    No body trust Islamists They are waiting to kill somebody They were not faithful to sinhalese who gave shelter
    THEY PRAY 5 TIMES and kill to go to heaven and have 72 virgins

  14. Rajani:

    You should not worry about anonymous letters and if you are afraid you can report to police they will take action. Our president has informed to the police personnel to take immediate action on this matter. Muslims also understand this is a sinhala buddhist majority country and should not try to implement sharia law in this country.

  15. Dehand Senanayake:

    Buddhists anywhere in Sri Lanka has all the right to request our children not to eat meat, which is totally against the Buddhist doctrine of Ahimsa. Buddhism is based on Mettha, Karuna, Muditha & Upekkha.

  16. True faith:

    Correctly said.
    We born to die.Never giveup your right to live decently for oppressors.

  17. karma:

    These extremist are inviting now other nationalities in to trouble but don’t get caught to their trap. Since tamils are fallen, guns are now turning to muslims and christians. Well planned politics by some of the leading politicians of the country. BEWARE

  18. jaco:

    Some people are out to destroy this country,the govt must step in and clear everything.The whole halal controversy is a govt creation.

  19. Hussain Fahmy:

    Do the current leadership promote communal harmony? Are they all talk, no action? Do they have the political Will to take legal action against the lunatic fringe of the political parties? Disrespect breeds Distrust. It’s time We The People (all peace loving Sri Lankans) identify, catalog, sanction and boycott these individual and their groups. This may sound a bit extreme, however necessary to survive as one country. At least, Know Thy Enemy.

  20. sangaralingham:

    some coward sitting in his sarong writing letters. must be a psycopath.
    should be caught be arrested and assessed mentally. send for detention observation in mental instituation if seemed ok punished as law permits

  21. Raja Perera:

    When THEY came for the TAMILS, MUSLIMS and SINHALESE kept mum.
    Now THEY have come for MUSLIMS, but the SINHALSE aren’t opening their mouth or moving their tongues.
    AT last THEY will come for the SINHALESE too, and there wont be anyone left.

  22. tony:

    President should ban “bodu ….. whatever organisation immediately. If he doesnt do it he is behing it

  23. saba:

    you are exactly correct