The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has written to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara saying BBS General Secretary the Venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero had threatened a repeat of the Aluthgama violence against the Muslim community, during a speech he made in Mahiyangana on 23 June.
President of the Muslim Council N M Ameen said in the letter that the Venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero had also threatened the police in his speech.
Together with the letter to the IGP, Ameen also enclosed a DVD containing the speech made by Gnanasara Thero in Mahiyangana.
“As you are aware, two years ago on the 15thof June 2014, Ven. GnanasaraThreo incited the people of Kalutaradistrict to cause violence, death and destruction to the Muslims of Aluthgama and Beruwela. The rioting caused the death of two persons, destroyed house and property and inflicted damages to businesses worth billions of rupees. The repeated calls by the Muslim community for a commission of inquiry and punish the perpetrators have fallen on deaf ears. Two years on, Ven. GnanasaraThero is proudly claiming that he will repeat Aluthgama in Mahiyangana,” Ameen said in the latter.
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka called on the IGP to immediately initiate an inquiry against the said threat and take necessary police action against the provocation to violence.
The Muslim Council also called on the IGP to conduct an inquiry on the Aluthgama riots against the Muslims and take necessary police action against the perpetrators. (Colombo Gazette)