A Buddhist monk has accused the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) of violating his right to freedom of expression and assaulting him.
The venerable Malawwe Kalyana Dhamma thero said that members of the Bodu Bala Sena verbally abused and then assaulted him when he attempted to stage a peaceful protest outside the Bodu Bala Sena headquarters at Thunmulla last Wednesday.
He said that the protest was over a request he had made to the BBS for a house to keep several orphans under his care.
The monk said that he had had to return a house at Kalapaluwawa he had on rent and as a result the children there were stranded.
He had then made a request from the Bodu Bala Sena for a place and the Bodu Bala Sena had initially given a positive response.
The venerable Malawwe Kalyana Dhamma thero however said that the Bodu Bala Sena had then reneged on its commitment.
Disappointed over the move the monk attempted to stage a protest outside the Bodu Bala Sena headquarters but was prevented from doing so by the BBS general secretary, ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thero.
The venerable Malawwe Kalyana Dhamma thero claimed that he was verbally abused by the venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thero and also later assaulted.
The thero claimed that eyewitnesses had said that he was unconscious for approximately 10 minutes following the assault.
He was then taken away by the police and he later lodged a complaint with the police over the assault.
The venerable Malawwe Kalyana Dhamma thero said that he had every right to stage a peaceful demonstration and that right was violated.