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BBS says it is being unfairly accused of links to violence

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says it is being unfairly accused of links to violence targeting innocent Muslims.

General Secretary of the BBS, the Venerable Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said that every-time an incident takes place the BBS is blamed.

The monk had visited Kandy and there was a feeling that he instigated the violence but Gnanasara Thera insisted that he attempted to calm the people in the area.

He told reporters today that the BBS has changed its ways and is pushing for unity among all communities.

Gnanasara Thera said the BBS has concerns over some Muslim groups in Sri Lanka but is not taking a confrontational approach to address its concerns. (Colombo Gazette)

1 Comment for “BBS says it is being unfairly accused of links to violence”

  1. Lima

    SEE THIS GNANA , WHAT YOU SAY IS COCK AND BULL STORY – Emergency declared Island wide ! Curfew extended; Bhikkhus collect Rs. 1.5 million ransom from Moulavis if Muslims are not to be attacked !

    (Lanka-e-News – 07.March.2018, 10.30AM)

    Following the racial riots that erupted in Teldeniya- Digana districts tending to spread across the country , the president after a cabinet discussion decided to declare a state of emergency for ten days Island wide , by virtue of the powers vested in him. If the emergency is to be extended thereafter , the parliamentary approval will be necessary.
    Meanwhile the curfew that was to be withdrawn early morning yesterday in Kandy district was extended to Teldeniya and Pallekelle police divisions . 24 arrested by the police
    The racial riot which erupted following an attack launched on a Sinhalese lorry driver has claimed the life of a 28 years old Muslim youth by now.
    The lorry driver who died has been having most cordial relations with the Muslims in the district , and the Muslim youth who died too was most closely and cordially associated with the Sinhala Buddhist community. On the facebook of the Muslim youth there is even a photograph of his taken in the vicinity of the Dalada maligawa . He is a youth suffering from hearing impairment.
    Based on reports reaching Lanka e news , on the day before the riots , the infamous leader of a Bhikhu organization best noted for provoking worst communal hatred in this country had attended the funeral house of the Sinhala youth. It is to be noted , this is the same monk who masterminded the Beruwala violence too.

    These monks after reaching the funeral house have telephoned the Muslim Moulavis of the area and threatened , because the blood is boiling of the Sinhalese , the Muslims are going to be attacked ,and if that is to be averted , a sum of Rs. 2.5 million shall be paid to the relatives of the deceased.
    The Moulavis have told the monks , that youth who was involved is one who does not even attend the mosque , and no Muslim will come forward to get him out on bail over this attack . The Moulavis have also spoken most kindly and told , they are prepared to pay compensation but not the colossal ransom of Rs. 2.5 million demanded by the monks.
    The Bhikkhu leader has then brought down the ransom to Rs. 1.5 million and the Moulavis have paid that sum to the Bhikkhu leader. The latter had then come to Colombo again that night . Whether that sum collected was paid to the deceased’s relative is unknown. The group who organized the violence the previous day had nevertheless launched the attack on the Muslims ,and incited the racial riots. The investigating officials should probe into these lurid details.
    While the three youths who caused the death of the lorry driver should be meted out maximum punishment , the monks who are propagating racial hatred and animosities through the face book wantonly should also be duly punished.
    This being a Buddhist country , the monks should act with compassion and mercy, without desecrating the sacred saffron robes. As they are expected to be sentinels of the true Buddhist faith so they should set an example to others .

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