Solution reached on mosque issue

A solution has been reached on the Grandpass mosque issue following more than three hours of heated deliberations at the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs this evening.

Several Muslim Ministers. Government Ministers including Ministers Champika Ranawaka and Dinesh Gunawardena as well as UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake took part in the meeting which was also attended by Buddhist and Muslim religious leaders as well as the police.

It was decided at the meeting that the temporary mosque at Swarna Chaitiya road in Grandpass will be vacated and an old mosque in the area, which was earlier going to be demolished for development purposes, will remain.

The Urban Development Authority has decided to abandon plans to demolish the old mosque for development work.

The land area for the old mosque is also to be expanded by cutting down a Bo-tree located next to it.

Muslim religious leaders had conducted prayers at the temporary location until the old mosque was relocated.

However last month a group of monks had stormed the temporary mosque and demanded that the Muslims vacate the premises.

The Muslim religious leaders had requested for one month to vacate the building.

Last evening however a mob attacked the temporary mosque while prayers were underway. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Easwaran Rutnam

3 COMMENTS

  1. No news about any arrests regarding this unauthorized attack of the innocent worshipers. Doesn’t any law of Sri LAnka apply for these barberian groups. With WHOSE backing are they acting so boldly.

  2. Do not cut down the Bo tree, just keep the old mosque. The Bo tree is sacred to Buddhists. There is an undercurrent of Islam that is propagated by those with ideas of making the country Islamic. I am Buddhist and I love all religions,however, I ask the press to ensure that Buddhism is protected in the face of this stealth Islamic terror that if not cut at the foundations will try to take the peoples’ freedom and peace. We must police and stop such spreads and protect the safety of the people at any cost. So I ask again do not cut anything that is Buddhist – Buddhism teaches people to be free from suffering and to lead a productive and peaceful life, it does not oppress anyone it supports everyone.

  3. Our ministers and mp wat doing in the gverment this gays all go to out of the goverment goverment dont care this problam all muslim mp s and ministers out the goverment saport this baggas all need to power thats y didn think our peapole rihts

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