The Sunday Leader

Arrest Him!

Government ministers have called for the arrest of the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero in connection with the violence in Aluthgama last weekend.

Veteran left-wing politician and Member of Parliament, Vasudeva Nanayakkara says Gnanasara Thero, together with the other members of the organization, should be taken into custody by the law enforcement authorities for instigating racial tension between the Buddhists and Muslims of this country, which led to the devastating incidents in Aluthgama last week.

“The first action should be taken against the BBS and its captain, Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero. He is the face of all the evil that was unleashed. Therefore action must first be taken against the person who planned and got this whole operation going, the BBS, the Venerable Gnanasara and whoever closely supported them and they should be arrested,” said Nanayakkara. Meanwhile, the President of the BBS, the Venerable Kirama Wimalajothi Thero condemned the behavior of the BBS and Gnanasara Thero accusing him of bringing disrepute to Buddhism.

He said that the mobs that went on a rampage later on were not residents of those areas but they were persons who had come from outside the area. Hence it is very clear that it was a planned and well orchestrated attack to discredit the government.

“I cannot condone or approve the actions of the BBS in this incident and it only served to provoke a much graver situation.

It was wrong for the BBS to go there after that incident and hold a rally in that area as it was clear that it would only add fuel to the situation. We must also understand that it is not the peace loving general Muslim community, but there are other extremist Muslim elements in this country as well. Not only them but there are extremist Christian elements as well. These extremist elements have been trying for a long time to destabilize the peace in this country. By the actions of the BBS they simply played into the hands of these extremist elements,” added Wimalajothi Thero.

The whole incident began when a monk on his way to a sermon on Poya Day was apparently assaulted by several Muslim youth in Dharga Town. The monks and Buddhist organizations in the area had then called for a meeting and had also asked the BBS to attend this meeting. However during the meeting Gnanasara Thero had called on the Sinhala Buddhists to wake up and stand up against the Muslims and also boycott their products. He also claimed that the President was brainless to appoint a Muslim to the post of Justice Minister.

After the meeting, the BBS claims that while they were traveling peacefully in order to drop off the monk who was attacked at the temple on their way back to the Highway in order to get back to Colombo, they were attacked by some Muslim youth from the Mosque premises.

This sparked a series of mob attacks that resulted in the loss of four lives and injuries to over 80. Many shops and houses of both the Muslims and Sinhalese were damaged and burnt in several areas following the attacks. However, the residents in the area claim that these mobs were not from the area but were groups that were brought in from other areas. The President has called for a full investigation into the incident and promised action against the perpetrators.

43 Comments for “Arrest Him!”

  1. I totally agree with Vasu. BBS is getting out of controlOur country is now facing more problems than what we had during LTTE. During LTTE time it was terrorism.

    • Nuan

      What did the Great Buddha said and did.. Let us contemplate on that. Simply these so called Buddhist Monks of BBS are a disgrace to Buddhism and they are terrorist dressed in yellow robes . They should be arrested immediately and punished .You can not propagate Buddhism with thuggery and intimidation. Let all Monks remain in temples and see to the spirituality of the 70% Sinhala Buddhist majority and get out of politics. For centuries Buddhism was preserved in Sri Lanka even during the time of Portuguese,Dutch and British colonial rule. If The president or his brother thinks that they need the support of the Buddhist …it is definitely not with BBS. They should distance themselves from these elements “BBS” At least learn form “SWRD Bandaranayake” May the triple gem guide our polliticians to rid them from so called Buddhist Monks. BBS

    • Mohamed Shiyam

      It is a real. At the end President will be kick out by BBS and whoever behind this.

  2. Malin

    Vasu another mouth peace of TNA and I will not agree with him appeasing the Muslims who was responsible of attacking a innocent monk which created a tense situation in Aluthgama-Beruwela area. This a democratic country and all political parties, organisations have right to have rallies, demonstrations etc and BBS did the same thing. Others have no right to obstruct (Muslims in this instant) a peaceful demonstrations. Why president keeping Hakeem as a minister when he sent a dossier to UNHRC against Sri Lanka while he is a cabinet minister, refrain from voting the bill in support of the government against UNHRC ? Unfortunately, there is no Sinhala Buddhist minister to support the SINHALA BUDDHISTS.

    • SAHAN Musah

      IT IS PROVEN TO THE WORLD THE PRESIDENT AND BBS IS ONE THEY WILL ROT IN THIS WORLD AND HELL THERE IS MORE TO COME NOT FOR THE BUDDHISTS OR MUSLIMS ITS FOR THE ONES WHOS SPREADING HATRED THAT IS THE TRUTH THEY WILL ROT IN HELL

    • NIno

      You have a right to hold rallies, not a right to demonize and spread hate speech and instigate people. There is a big difference between holding a rally to support your party and holding a rally to instigate people to burn houses and loot businesses.

    • Gihan

      SL is a dangerous couuntry to visit and live. Everyone in the government must be arrested and the country taken over by the US or UK. At least then there will be food to eat and peace in the country.

      • Sam

        Gihan you must be gone MAD. Why don’t you go and live in Africa or pakistan or in India. Then you don’t talk like this.

  3. mr vsau you are plaing double game, you are with the government,rajapaska is doing all commual work.

  4. the government ministers peppet in the cabinet, president told the muslim ministers go out of the government,you all ministers are supporting the communal in srilanka one hundred ministers in cabinet,ministers arestooges,

  5. truth

    Arrest this Babarian Bastard in robes who had tarnished the image of buddism, buddist and Sri Lanka.

    President will not do anything as he is a covered and is scared of Gota who would over throw him if any action is taken on BBS

  6. VOX. POPULI

    Isn’t Ven. Galagodaaththe thero “on bail” for some earlier offence. His inciting speeches and his actions makes him liable for arrest.
    Why is the government dragging its feet.?
    The. B A S L president who is very outspoken has called for his arrest.

    • Kirth

      Sri Lankan Majority , they always live with Minority complex they killed each others for last 30 years after that now they started to destroy the Muslims with out a reason. They feed this BBS for their own benefits but do not forget the past Indira Ganthi fed LTTE and other Tamil groups at last her own son killed by them and what happen they are feeding the Cobras………………….?

  7. patriot

    BBS , SR and other such extremist orgs. have been formed after the emergence in recent times of fanatical orgs. like Tablique Jamaath, Tawheed etc which have invaded our country. These are of Middle East origin and funded from there. Muslims have been living in this country for centuries and practicing traditional form of Islam and lived peacefully with other communities. These are being disturbed by the new invaders who could be identified by the dress code and wild beard. If their activities and funding is stopped most of the problems will be over.
    The looks and appearance of the secretary of BBS are far from what one expects to see in a pious and serene religious leader -leave alone his actions and behaviour.

    • Gamer

      Are trying to say that Muslims should practise Buddhism?? Those who follows true Islam will be Muslim in any part of the world. We don’t need to follow Middle East or West. We have our own teachings. I think it is time for Buddhist to wake up and follow the true teachings of Buddhism before Buddhists are taken a ride by these monks!!

    • Farook Hamid

      Patriot, you are wrong in saying BBS etc formed after emergence in recent times organizations like Tablique Jamath etc. These are purely religious organizations to straighten the Muslim’s knowledge of Islam. If you think they are fanatical organization then what about so many Buddhist organization formed purely to uplift the Buddhist knowledge, are they too fanatics? No Muslims Org. going to Buddhist etc house to house to preach their religion or standing on the roads giving pamphlets to the public. No Muslims are trying to convert others this way. this is not necessary at all. The tablique Jamath is in existence for more than 35 years in Sri Lanka. They go house to house (only Muslims houses) specially outstation where house inmates lack Islamic knowledge.

      Don’t write just because you can write. Study and do little research of these organization, know what it is and write. BBS was formed after Israel Embassy came to Sri Lanka. If Sinhalese are proud people they will never allow the Jews who called the Sri Lankan’s monkeys to set foot in Sri Lanka. This appeared in Sri Lanka newspapers. If you do not know this do little research.

    • azath

      Brother Patriot,
      I doubt your assessment of situation based on your own investigation because the Tablique and Thouwheed Jamath did not originate from middle east. they are originated from India. Thouheed Jamath may have got some financial assistance in the past from Middle eastern countries but not now. they all run on their own.
      there is nothing called traditional islam or radical islam. these terms are coined by the westerners to make division. Meaning of islam is Surrendering, submitting oneself to the will of almighty Allah and be sincere in it and gain peace in this world and hereafter.
      Islam is based on the teachings of Quran and traditions of Prophet Mohamed.
      in that context bearing beard is part of islam. it will not depend on traditional or otherwise.
      regarding the dress code, Islam did not specify to wear any type of cloths but any cloths fall in line with that of islamic principle is allowed.
      Please, do home work before writing in forums,

    • Teacher

      Why are thugs called “Venerable”? This man needs to be arrested. He is tarnishing the name of Sri Lanka and nobody seems to be bothered. How did this BBS thugs get so powerful? This is kind of complacency is not going to help the government.

  8. Umar Nazir

    As per Mr.Malinda Seneviratne’s article(Nation News Paper Editor) in Colombo Telegraph ” in Aluthgama more than a month ago over an alleged molestation of a Buddhist child by a Muslim, the relative of the shop owner, when in fact CCTV evidence disproved the allegation. The shop was torched only several days later.

    Most importantly, why did the Inspector General of Police N.K. Ilangakoon state that a Buddhist monk had been assaulted when he had no evidence to support the claim? The Judicial Medical Officer’s report which would have either proven or refuted the said monk’s claim (as of Friday) has not been issued. Highly placed sources at the Attorney General’s Office could not confirm that the monk had indeed been assaulted.”

    So pls don’t publish any news without verifying the truth.

    The need of the hour is Unity among all the religious communities to build a peaceful and prosperous SRI LANKA……..

  9. Eng. M.V.R.Perera

    There is a law in our country let the law take its course I am a Catholic Vasu cannot be a Judge and give Judgements

  10. Peaceful Citzen

    I do not wish to comment on issues Vasu has pointed out here other than totally disagreeing with his accusation of Christian extremism. I challenge him to point out any single incident of Christian extremism in Sri Lanka and name any particular group involved in it or acts of extremism they have carried out to create disturbance among peace loving citizens of this country. It is the teaching of Jesus Christ to His followers to preach the Gospel all over the world. Preaching the the Gospel all over the world is the Christ given duty of any Christian. It is up to the listeners to accept it or reject it. Vasu is just talking out of context. He is just trying to mix up irrelevant facts to prove his case. Being a minister of the Government he must talk with sense and responsibility. Yes, I challenge Vasu once again. Point out any act of extremism from Christians or name Christian extremist groups if you can.

  11. Disgusted

    Who is funding the BBS? There are stories to the effect that the Norwegians are one of the parties and also don’t be surprised if the Tiger Diaspora have their dirty claws in these events too. It does not take rocket science to understand that the BBS is on a path to discredit the Governmnet, the Sinhalese and the Buddhist clergy and the happiest people are the network of people and organisations, waiting to find fault with Sri Lanka to achieve regime change.
    It is said that the BBS visited both the USA and Norway in the last year and these ‘monks’ were never heard of before, but the hostile network is trying hard to depict them as representatives of the Sinhala Buddhists. The Govt has to arrest them and investigate who is behind all this. However, this does not mean the extremist Muslims and Christians are innocent babies.

  12. sg

    Government is not operating law and order impartially. That is clearly showing by this incident.

  13. government should conform national language is only sinhala and government religion is only the buddhist if anyone not accept arrest them immediately

  14. Vish

    This is absolutely nonsense. The Government should ban all these useless NGOs. What the hell is BBS. Did Lord Buddha at any time promote violence???? Look at the face of this Bloody Gnanssara!!! he looks a real THUG. He can not be a Buddhist Monk. He is pumped by some politician from some where to create all these problems. Shoot him in public. If not another JVP will be born in Sri Lanka.

  15. Bandara

    Do not try to kill the messenger. If BBS is at fault for the unfortunate incidents in Aluthgama, let the justice system of the country take its actions. But we do not have any reason to pay attention to this third rated defeated leftist who survives on the handouts given by the government. These are the very same fellows who created social mayhem in the country by denying various differences (be it cultural, religious, economic etc..) that exist between various ethnic groups living in Sri Lanka. We need to celebrate the multi-ethnicity in Sri Lanka for their differences. However, every one who wants to live in Sri Lanka must be sensitive to the Buddhist culture and traditions. (Well this leftist does not have a religion- that is a documented fact). Sri Lanka was not founded or built on Leftist’s dogma, theory or their ‘ism. So it is easier for leftist to say arrest this Buddhist Clergy. That is what they did in Tibet but not in Sri Lanka.

  16. R.M.B Senanayake

    Hats off the Vasu. Violence begets violence nd the duty of the State is to maintain the Rule of Law without discrimination. If the BBS is allowed to act with impunity the future is going to bleak

  17. punchinilame

    The Govt. puts the blame on “International conspiracies” at all times and was
    blaming the Diaspora. Now for the first time OIC backed by 40 Muslim States
    has stepped in – a sign of more “conspiracies” and adding fuel to fire – the
    UNHCR is led by a Jordon Mulsim. Does Navi Pillai and Diaspora become
    history as far as MR is concerned? He will have tougher times ahead, unless
    he re-programs his racist local family politics.

  18. Sylvia Haik

    I have seen pictures of Gotabaya Rajapakse walking shoulder to shoulder with BBS Secretary Gnanasera Thera and the narrative said he was sponsoring BBS for some event.. This tacit support for the BBS might enhance the Rajapakse regimes patriotism but that is misguided as the overwhelming majority of Sri Lankans find the BBS speeches repulsive and the government’s support will be counter-productive.

  19. TropicalStorm

    ‘Venerable’ means a person who is deemed spiritually and qualitatively high enough to be worshipped, or venerated.

    These saffron wrapped thugs are not the particular quality. Vasu (or the media) calling these thugs ‘venerable’ is simply laughable.

  20. ruwan

    Mr Vasu. You have always taken the side of minorities, correct or wrong. We Sinhalese Buddhists also want a leader to take there side . BBS is not fighting the situation in the country now. It is fighting what it is going to be. If we stay scared of minorities thinking they will create violence. We always have to dance to their tune. In fact we are now. Muslins and the LTTE representatives TNA got the UN to make us dance to their tune. If you want you dance. We wont.
    Ruwan Kotuwelle

  21. Lima

    FIRST OF ALL NOTE THAT THE MONK WAS NOT ATTACKED , ONLY THE DRIVER AND WAYSIDE PERSON HAD A MISHAP , THE MONK BEING A RACIST WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND ASK FOR ADMISSION , THE DOCTOR REFUSED SAYING THAT NOBODY HAS ASSUAULTED YOU AND YOU CANNOT BE ADMITTED , THE MONK HAS ASKED TO GIVE A LETTER TO NAGADO HOSPITAL FOR ADMISSION THE DOCTOR REFUSED AND TOLD THAT IF YOU ARE IN A CONDITION TO BE ADMITTED WE WILL HIRE AMBULANCE AND SEND BY OURSELF , BUT WHY YOU LIE AND TRY TI CREATE A PROBLEM BETWEEN COMMUNITES , SO BUDDHA PREACHING TAKEN BY THIS MONK AS A LIE AND ACTING ON HIS OWN , HOW COME RACIST TERROR GROUPS ARE CALLED MONKS
    SECONDLY , THE ROBBED ATTACKRS ARE ARMY DESSERTERS AND NOT ACTUAL MONKS , ACTUAL MONKS DO NOT DO THESE TYPE OF RACISM AND THEY DO NOT HAVE IN THEIR MINDS
    THRIDLY , THE STF AND ARMY OUTFIT GOTA EMPLOYED ON HIS OWN FOR THESE TYPES OF WORK ARE THE UNDERWORLD FROM TANGALLE,
    WHY THE PUBLIC ARE SILENT

  22. SINGING FISH

    Every where in the world,one find extremists.BBS,RSS,ISIS,TALIBAN,BOKOKARAM,ALSABAB,ALQUEDA etc.For what these groups are carrying these extreme activities? Only to establish supremacy over other religion.Where is christ,lord siva,allah or other gods?You are born in this world to live in peace and lead an impeccable life without doing harm to others. When you die you don’t know even, where you are going then, why all these fight.

  23. Colombo Athiest

    Dear Vasudeva

    If there are at least 30 percent erudite politicians like yourself in the government this country will be able to hold the basic principles of democracy and maintain the rule of law.

    This is now a lawless country and the Sinhala culture is used for political gain.

  24. Ma Per

    Those responsible should be arrested and put behind bars. This is what happens when religious clergy get into politics. You dont get the clergy from other religions involved in politics. If I remember right, it was Late Soma Thera who created the idea that monks should get into parliament and try to reform miscreant politicians – but it was not so, as many of the monks in parliament do not follow Buddhist principles and resort to all sorts of wrongdoings.

  25. Asoka de Silva

    What is the hold-up in arresting this BBS monk? Do we want other Muslim countries interfering in Sri Lanka? Arrest this monk as soon as possible before matters get out of hand..

  26. kuma

    Get your self circumcised. YOU IDIOT.

  27. RASIKA

    LOOK AT HIS FACE HE IS A REAL MARAKALAYA.

  28. Jay Siva

    WHO VOTE FOR THESE SINHALA MARAKALAYAS,

  29. the government ministers are peppet like you.it is well orgainsed by the government,monks are the main cause. whole world knew what is srilanka upto.the time has came government has to change,younger generation must take over the government,uneduated ministers are very high in parliament,the way improve to by educated honest democratic government it very important to srilanka,

  30. gamarala

    Police and STF were looking on while looting and arson were perpetrated,even during curfew. The rogue elements in law enforcement should be weeded out first.
    Then they should be asked to explain,and if this is not complied with or inadequate,disciplinary action even dismissal should be taken.
    Both are notorious for torture and deaths of persons held in custody.
    The nation needs discipline in law enforcement.

  31. I totally agree with Vasu. BBS is bringing our country down. We will see soon the drop in tourist coming to Sri Lanka. Our foreign revenue will go down. Politicians are not affected. They make lot of money by way of commission and bribes. How about the ordinary people like us.

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