BBS to open office in Kalmunai

The Bodu Bala Sena is to open an office in Kalmunai, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bodu Bala Sena Dilantha Widanage said.

He said that the office will be opened once some of the senior members of the Bodu Bala Sena who are currently in the United States, return to the country.

Widanage claimed that some Tamils in Kalmunai had requested that the Bodu Bala Sena open an office in the area.

He also said the opening of the office will be a challenge to a resolution passed against the Bodu Bala Sena recently at the Kalmunai Municipal Council.

The resolution was submitted and adopted at the Kalmunai Municipal Council earlier this month against extremists groups including the Bodu Bala Sena.

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

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

Widanage also denied claims that the Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, the Ven Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, had been sidelined by the organisation.

A statement circulating via email had claimed that the Ven Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera had been banned from speaking to the media.

Widanage however denied the claims and said the email that was circulating was not authentic.

A similar statement circulated via email recently, with the Bodu Bala Sen logo on top, making references to an alleged meeting the organisation had with Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

It claimed that the Bodu Bala Sena had the blessings of the President and was assured security by the Defence Secretary.

The email had also made references to the halal issue and warned of action against Tamils and Muslims in the country. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Indika Sri Aravinda