Attack on Rohingya refugee shelter Police trap monk in Nittambuwa

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By 2017-10-21

By Chamara Amarasuriya and Methmalie Dissanayake

The Buddhist monk wanted in connection with the intimidation of a group of Rohingya refugees at a safe house in Mount Lavinia was arrested yesterday, Police Media Spokesman Superintendent (SP) Ruwan Gunasekara said.

Arambepola Rathanasara Thera, Chairman of the Sinhale Jathika Balavegaya movement was picked up by a Special Police team from a location in Nittambuwa, he said.

Rathanasara Thera along with another monk and several others are alleged to have attempted to storm the refugee shelter in Mount Lavinia on 26 September that was holding 31 Rohingyas included 16 children and seven women.

The refugees were later transferred to the Boossa Detention Camp for security reasons.According to Police at the time of the arrest, the monk had been in possession of a forged ID card bearing the name of a layman adding that a separate investigation will be held in this connection.

The monk has been handed over to the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) for further investigations.

So far eight suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged incident. Five of them were granted bail by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate's Court on 17 October.

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