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Arrest me if I did anything wrong: Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka

2016-02-18 08:22:23
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Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera, who is presently at the centre of a controversy for allegedly possessing an elephant sans a permit, yesterday challenged the authorities to arrest him if nurturing an elephant calf that had been abandoned in his temple was an unlawful act.

“I only nurtured an elephant calf that was abandoned in my temple. If I did something wrong to care for it then take me into custody,” the Thera said at a news conference held at the Allen Mathiniyaramaya Temple. Before this I have looked after four elderly fathers, a large number of cats and dogs. The elephant calf is also the same, the thera said.

These remarks were made after a decision was taken by the Attorney General to order the arrest of the prelate. If that were the case the Thera had advised his attorneys to make sure that he would not be sent to the Prison Hospital and said he preferred a regular cell instead. He welcomed donations of Rs.10 from anyone wishing to help which he said should be sent to the temple, as he had no money for legal fees to lawyers if he was arrested. (Jayantha Samarakoon)

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  Comments - 25

  • Ali hora Thursday, 18 February 2016 08:42

    So people abandon elephants like they do with dogs and cats? Soon we will have stray elephant problem.

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    Nilhan Jayawardene Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:42

    Rouge in a robe. For a bana this priest charge money. When he invite for dane bring things he wants in a special vehicle. Now he should put him in jail and throw the key away.

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    Robe Friday, 19 February 2016 14:40

    Normally one speaks of the YELLOW ROBE. Can anyone enlighten me on the fancy colour robes presently in vogue. Also what should be the material.

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    Jehan Perera Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:45

    Can someone please come and leave an elephant in front of my place too.

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    Little Lies Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:45

    Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami ???

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    jay Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:58

    Retake the elephants and leave the monk alone. Dont give ammunition to MR and his cronies.

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    jara Thursday, 18 February 2016 12:06

    ha ha muslim admin put another anti Buddhist news.waiting for more comments and likes.

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    Nilhan Thursday, 18 February 2016 12:20

    IGP take the challenge and put him in jail. Law should apply to every one.

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    Tony Thursday, 18 February 2016 12:22

    Other monks too said arrest me if you can. But they have been arrested and remanded. Now they want to come out.

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    Veda-mama Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:26

    Exactly. Now a days Monks are occupying the Remand Prison than the Temples. "Abud-dassa-kaalae".

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    desilva Thursday, 18 February 2016 13:07

    Can you believe this?? Telling lies in yellow robes

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    ram Thursday, 18 February 2016 13:47

    Can i use or have in possession of a gun/weapon if some one thrown in to my compound.

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    Gobba Thursday, 18 February 2016 13:54

    Ha ha ha what a dramatic story. Now this VERY RICH MONK needs 10 rupee donation from citizens just like his friend Gemmanpila did !!!!

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    sathya Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:16

    MUSAWADA WERA MANI SIKKA PADANG SAMDIYAMIWhat a great Buddh Puthra who went with armed police even for a Bana where the Upasaka Mahattaya had to pay 10000/ for equipment for voice modulation. Buddha did not prescribe expensive robes too

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    Lional Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:33

    What a wonderful country Sri Lanka is? People abandon elephants too like cats and dogs. If this Thera is a genuine person, he would have informed the police at the first place. Some time ago "Anderay" also said something similar to this story when he climbed a "Kithul" tree.

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    laughing Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:40

    well said people. via DM Android App

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    Chando Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:48

    Now people will start leaving their unwanted children near that temple. We now know that Ven. Dhammaloka Thero will not try to find parents/guardians or even report to the Police. Ven Thero will simply look after such children with love and affection..!

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    tissa Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:49

    what about 3rd shiksha padaya via DM Android App

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    Bala Thursday, 18 February 2016 14:50

    Swaminwahansa, Musawada veramani sikka padan samadiyami.

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    Lakminiha Thursday, 18 February 2016 15:16

    Will he do the same if a Python or a venomous Snake is abandoned in the same vicinity?

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    Mandy Thursday, 18 February 2016 15:55

    No money - very surprising. What happened to his rich backers including politicians who gave him the elephant. Sins come back for backing wrong people.

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    mdes Thursday, 18 February 2016 21:19

    Musawaada Veramani Sihikkapadam Samadiyami via DM Android App

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    Chatura Arangala Friday, 19 February 2016 00:06

    Like the owner of the elephant who abandoned the calf at the temple, this monks have been now abandoned by his keepers.You and I know who the keepers areThe country now who they are.The world knows who they are

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    Kevin Australia Friday, 19 February 2016 04:16

    Fake and ignorant man, selling the Buddha name!

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    Spiritual Man Friday, 19 February 2016 15:11

    If "someone" left a baby elephant in the temple of Uduwe Dhammaloka, he should have asked him why he was leaving there, and called the police to take it back to the forest to be with the mother.Then, he would have shown kindness to the animal, obeyed the law of the country and set an example to the public who come to the temple.Now, he has wronged as a citizen and a Buddhist monk yet he challenges the law enforcing agency, the police and the state; instead of humbly saying "sorry I have wronged, forgive me".

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