Muslim-owned shops in Kandy likely to close on Sunday

Shops owned by Muslim traders in the Sri Lankan central highlands district of Kandy will remain closed on Sunday as thousands of hardline Buddhist monks gather to decide who to back in the country’s upcoming presidential elections, the Reuters news agency reported.

The gathering, called by Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the influential head of Buddhist nationalist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), is worrying Muslim traders and residents in Kandy, an ancient capital that was rocked by violence last year as mobs ran amok for three days vandalising mosques, homes and businesses.

“All Muslim-owned shops are likely to be closed on Sunday to avoid any possible confrontation, as thousands of monks are expected in the town for the conference,” Niyaz Muheeth, president of the Kandy Muslim Traders Association, told Reuters.

Sri Lanka’s apex body of Islamic scholars, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), urged Muslims to avoid visits to the central district that contains Kandy on Sunday.

In response, BBS said in a statement thousands of monks are expected to gather in Kandy to take a crucial decision on behalf of the country.

In a letter to police seen by Reuters, Dilantha Withanage, CEO of BBS, accused Muslim groups including ACJU of trying to sabbotage the Sunday event, by misleading the police with fabricated information and complaints.

2 COMMENTS

  1. WHY THE SHOPS BEEN CLOSED , WHY BE COWARDS , EVERY CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY HAS THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN ANY PART AND TO PRACTICE IN PART OF SRI LANKA . NOW IT IS EMERGENCY PERIOD , WHO PERMITTED FOR ANY GATHERING MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE , WHERE IS THE LAW OF THIS COUNTRY. SIRISENA DANCING ACCORDING TO MAHINDA TUNE TO TAKE THE COUNTRY IN TO DISASTER. WE ASK ALL SHOPS TO BE OPENED AND KEEP OPEN , GET READY WITH 2 X 2 WOODEN POLES , GET RUBBLE STONES IN FRONT OF YOUR SHOP . IF THE GATHERING PEACFUL , KEEP QUIET , IF NO PEACEFUL AND THESE THUGS AND ROWDIES ATTACK , COUNTER ATTACK AND HIT TO THEIR HEAD TO BLEED . TEACH THESE ROWDIES LED BY GNANASARA A LESSON FOR THEIR LIFE. BETTER SOME GOOD HAND SHOULD LEAD THIS . IF THESE KEEP ON GOING WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO SRI LANKA. THESE RACIST ROWDIES CANNOT FUNCTION THE WAY THEY WANTED. IT IS A COUNTRY BELONG TO ALL RACES AND TO LIVE ANYWHERE THEY PREFER .

    WHY CANNOT THE POLICE ARREST THE ROWDY LEADERS AS THIS IS EMERGENCY PERIOD , WHERE IS THE LAW OF THIS COUNTRY , WHY CANNOT THE COURT GIVE ORDER TO STOP.

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