Cop, monk and two others arrested

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By 2017-06-19


A Buddhist monk and a Police officer, closely associated with the Bodu Bala Sena, were...... arrested by the Police over the petrol bombing of several mosques in Panadura.

Police Media Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody, speaking at a press briefing yesterday (18), said the monk and the Police officer were arrested, along with two civilians for the petrol bombing of two mosques in Eluwila, Panadura and in the Panadura town. The arrests were made by an investigation team of the Colombo Crimes Division led by its director, after the incidents was reported on 17 May.

The Police Spokesman added that one vehicle, two swords, a hockey stick and several items used in the manufacture of petrol bombs were also seized.

Police noted that the arrested monk is a prominent figure in the Panadura area for his political and racial views, while the arrested Police officer, attached to the Kehelwatte, Colombo Police, was recently reinstated for duty, after a brief medical respite.

Police are currently looking for another monk and two other civilians, allegedly involved in the attacks as well. These suspects are also suspected to have vandalised several businesses owned by Muslim individuals in the area.

The suspects were produced before the Magistrate's Court last Saturday (17) and were remanded until 30 June.

Meanwhile, two suspects presumably involved in petrol bombing a mosque in Kurunegala were also arrested recently. DIG Jayakody, speaking with regards to the arrest, noted that the investigations had uncovered a large amount of Bodu Bala Sena literature in the chief suspect's residence that promoted hate speech and views that incited racial tension.

He claimed that fourteen individuals have been arrested for the inciting racial tension and making hate speech in various parts of the country. Out of the 14, eleven are Sinhalese- including the monk and the arrested Police officer; two are Muslim and one Tamil. DIG Jayakody added that social media based hate speech and views are being monitored as well, with Police teams standing ready to investigate when complaints are received.



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