Talks fail, monk begins fast (Audio)

The chief incumbent of the Galoluwa Buddhist Temple, the venerable Siridhamma Thero said that he had launched a fast unto death after talks held late this evening to resolve an issue over contaminated water in parts of Gampaha had failed.
The drinking water in the area is believed to have been contaminated from chemical waste released from a gloves factory in the area.
The venerable Siridhamma Thero said that the residents in the area are demanding that the factory be shut down and safe drinking water assured to them.
Talks were held late this evening between government officials, the monk and public representatives in order to resolve the issue.
However the venerable Siridhamma Thero said that the talks had failed and so he had decided to launch a protest.
He urged the police to ensure law and order is maintained and the public are given safety during his fast unto death. (Colombo Gazette)