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Mawanella Police today arrested a man at Hingula, Mawanella for allegedly damaging a Buddha statue, police said.

They said two men were reported to have been involved in the incident and one of the suspects was arrested after he was captured by the villagers.

The suspect, Mohammad Ashfar (30), will be produced in court and police investigations are underway to ascertain whether there was any move to provoke religious tension among the Sinhalese and Muslim communities.

Meanwhile, Minister Kabir Hashim said he condemned the recent acts of violence involving places of worship in Mawanella. “As soon as I heard the recent attacks, I instructed the police to investigate and arrest those responsible.

The two suspects have been apprehended by the authorities and will be subject to the full extent of the law," he said. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • Lankanboy Wednesday, 26 December 2018 03:43 PM

    Here you go, these people damaged Hindu’s statues in Mannar and Eastern Province. They must be punished severely.

    Ragula Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:00 AM

    Sanga Rajya is the only solution

    Tikiri Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:24 AM

    Sanga Rajya? Sounds good, Buddhism will not harm anyone and actually it's about peace.

    mimslanka1@yahoo.com Wednesday, 26 December 2018 03:50 PM

    Whats gossiped around is this has been done due to party politics knowing well its a Kabir Hashem's constituency; to discredit him. Whatever said and done the culprits should be brought to justice and seem to be done immediately. Fools are there in both the divide to make use of and inflame hooliganism.

    Waco Wednesday, 26 December 2018 03:59 PM

    Kabir,has plenty of Sihalese friends and he is a gentlemen.

    Nalin Wednesday, 26 December 2018 03:59 PM

    This is the sanhidiyawa. Don't open your mouth as violating the sanhidiyawa law.As a Buddhist I shut up my mouth.

    Thivanka Wednesday, 26 December 2018 04:25 PM

    Best thing is to do lovingkindness to the suspect!

    ET Wednesday, 26 December 2018 05:16 PM

    Teach him religion.

    mnsmart Wednesday, 26 December 2018 04:29 PM

    Give them the maximum punishment, we had enough religious issues in this country

    Concerned Lankan Wednesday, 26 December 2018 04:35 PM

    Put this idiot in Jail. may he be a lesson for all who act like that!

    Ahmed Wednesday, 26 December 2018 05:31 PM

    This is foolish and should be investigated.No one has the right to damage other worship places

    Vipula Thursday, 27 December 2018 08:21 AM

    Where there are Muslims you never can expect peace in that society.Teachings of the Kuran are fundamentally wrong.Very pathetic why those who believe in Islam realize that they are following a cult.

    Asif Friday, 28 December 2018 02:35 PM

    Hello, fastest growing religion is Islam in the world !

    malik Thursday, 27 December 2018 08:42 AM

    As I am a Muslim. I condemn this type of atrocity. Give him maximum punishment. Do not give him bail.

    Sunil Thursday, 27 December 2018 12:29 PM

    Punish him if convicted after trial.He could be mad like our President and that is a valid defence in Criminal Law proceedings but not for ruining the country.By the way Bail is not denied to punish people it is to ensure alleged offenders attend court for trial.No matter how sad his behaviour is and serious we have to allow justice to take it's course if we are to progress as a decent country.Mob mentality that prevails in some political parties are a danger to the whole nation.

    Merlin Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:12 AM

    Irrespective of the religion, whoever who commits such act to provoke religious disharmony should be given the highest punishment; Even death Sentence! These acts are politically motivated and some even sell their religious for the money. I can sense that the opposition is behind this to gain back whatever they lost during their

    Rifkhan Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:52 AM

    These guys should be executed and our law of order needs to be developed according to the current requirement.Guys, who ever make a mistake needs to be punished apart of his religion.It is equal of harming masjid. I'm against to this sin.

    Dr Vu Ratnayake Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:20 PM

    I do not like to forward any comment because useless you never publish my ideas. There is no press freeedom implemented by you people in the news papers


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