The Sunday Leader

Army Asks For Evidence

By Indika Sri Aravinda

The army has asked the Bodu Bala Sena to provide evidence to back their claims that extremist Muslim groups are operating in the country.

The Bodu Bala Sena had separate meetings with the army and police last week and warned that at least 10 extremist groups were operating in the country.

During the meeting with Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, which was also attended by Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Major General Shavendra Silva, the Bodu Bala Sena had urged the army to crack down on such groups.

Bodu Bala Sena member, the Venerable Embilipitiye Vijitha Thero, told The Sunday Leader that the army had asked for evidence to back the claims.

He said that the meeting with senior members of the Bodu Bala Sena including the leader the Venerable Kirama Vimalajothi Thera lasted for almost an hour.

The Venerable Embilipitiye Vijitha Thero said the monks handed over some documents to the army to back their claims and called for an in-depth investigation.

Meanwhile the monks also met IGP N. K. Illangakoon on Friday and discussed concerns over some groups attempting to discredit the name of Buddhism.

They said that some people had been seen on the street dressed as monks asking for money from passersby saying it is for religious purposes.

The Bodu Bala Sena says most of these people are not really monks but imposters.  The IGP has assured to investigate the claims.

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