Gnanasara Thera in hiding

An arrest warrant has been issued to apprehend General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera

on allegations of obstructing the Police in the exercise of their duties in addition to making hate speeches in several places and thereby creating conditions for a potentially violent communal backlash.

Police said the Aluthkade Magistrate's Court has also barred the controversial......monk from leaving the country. This was on a specific request made by Police. Police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena has been summoned to the Organized Crime Division to record a statement from him by way of a response to complaints received against him.

DIG Jayakody said, the monk had failed to answer summons to call at the Division.

He said, as many as four police teams have been deployed to arrest the monk.

Commenting on the arrest warrant, Magalkande Sudatta Thera stated, Ven. Gnanasara Thera will surrender to the Police if the authorities take action to apprehend politicians such as Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, State Minister for Child Affairs Vijeyakala Maheswaran, MP Sivajilingam, Minister Rauff Hakeem, Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and Azath Salley on the same allegation of issuing contentious and highly provocative statements that could trigger religious and communal violence.

The Thera added that Azath Salley has made a statement threatening to join the Jihad terrorists to assassinate the Thera. "A Provincial Councillor from the Eastern Province recently hectored the nation by claiming to drag the country into violence if Muslims are antagonized. The government is for mala fide reasons attempting to curb the voice against the injustice done to the majority community of this country," the Thera said, alleging that the authorities are highly biased towards the minority communities and that the country's law is partial.(

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