Resolution passed against BBS

A resolution was submitted and adopted at the Kalmunai Municipal Council this morning against extremists groups including the Bodu Bala Sena.

The resolution also calls for the support of efforts being taken by Minister of National Language and Social Integration Vasudeva Nanayakara to crackdown on extremist groups.

Speaking during the Council session today chaired by Kalumunai Mayor Dr. Shiraz Mirashib, several Council members spoke against the Bodu Bala Sena and the hate campaigns targeting Muslims in Sri Lanka.

Secretary-General of the All Ceylon Muslim Congress Y. L. S. Hameed was among the politicians who extended support for the resolution and the efforts of Minister Nanayakkara, sources at the session told the Colombo Gazette.

Nanayakkara had recently accused the Bodu Bala Sena, Ravana Balaya and Sinhala Ravaya of spreading hatred and disharmony among religions and other communities.

He also accused the police of failing to take action against such groups despite them openly advocating hatred.

Nanayakkara also said that he had written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the hate campaigns targeting Muslims in the country.

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader and Minister of Justice, Rauff Hakeem had also requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa to convene a cabinet meeting to discuss the rising religious unrest and civil disturbance in the country.

Minister Hakeem has also contacted all the Muslim parliamentarians including Senior Minister M. H. M. Fowzie (who is currently out of the country) and Ministers Rishard Bathiutheen and A. L. M. Athaullah for the meeting in this regard.

An SLMC statement last week said that the Minister had expressed his displeasure and had condemned the attack on a private business site. He believes that this was seemingly carried out as a sequel to the ongoing attacks on the religious places and hate campaigns against Muslims and other religious minority communities in the country.

Minister Hakeem also said he was dismayed at the ineffective response of the law and order machinery in containing the spread of such violence and unrest that fuels insecurity and peace of all minority communities in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)


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