Inquiries into the unrest in Pepiliyana on Thursday night revealed that the warehouse of the ‘Fashion Bug’ clothing outlet which suffered damages, was not the main focus of the mob attack, but a Backhoe yard situated nearby.
The Police said that three persons have been arrested in relation to the incident.
The mob attack had stemmed from an ongoing case regarding a police complaint over a love affair and alleged abuse of a girl by an employee of the backhoe yard, according to the Police.
The backhoe yard situated on the main Pepiliyana-Kohuwala road was torched by the mob at around 8.00 p.m. damaging the property and the vehicles parked in the yard.
A father of one, who lived in an adjoining house also suffered head injuries when the mobsters pelted stones and damaged the windows.
According to an eye witness who was at the backhoe yard, a mob of 50 to 75 men had stormed the premises and then torched it causing a huge loss to the property.
Eyewitnesses said more than 400 people were standing outside while the mob was on the rampage.
The backhoe yard is also owned by a Muslim and the entire episode was triggered after an employee of the yard who is also a Muslim was caught having a relationship with a 15-year-old Sinhalese girl in a nearby house, Police said.
The parents of the girl had lodged a complaint with the Police alleging rape, after which the suspect was arrested and remanded three days earlier.
However, the father of the girl, a trishaw driver had allegedly incited the others over the incident including monks after which the incident had taken a racial twist.
“I was scared for my life, I just saw these people armed with poles shouting and storming the place. I ran into my room and closed my door. All I could hear was people screaming. After around 15 minutes there was silence and I walked out to see the main office up in flames,” Mr. Shanmuganathan the watcher at the yard said.
Another witness, a Buddhist who lives in the adjoining house who did not wish to be identified, said that he came out of the house upon hearing the ruckus.
“These people started pelting stones at us as well. My infant daughter walked out with me as soon as I opened the door and I bent down to cover her up when the stone struck my head,” he said while showing the large stone that was broken in two on impact.
It was after this that the mob had directed their attention towards the Fashion Bug warehouse, situated about 150 metres away.
The mob had pelted stones damaging the windows and a few of them had got into the clothes stores and damaged it.
There was heavy Police, CID and STF presence in and around the vicinity of the clothing store yesterday.
Inquires revealed that the mob had gathered at a temple situated in close proximity to both businesses.
Police spokesman S.P. Budhdika Siriwardena said the Police have deployed many team to apprehend the culprits.
“Police teams headed by DIG Anura Senanayake have been deployed to investigate the incident. The Police have been receiving information and we hope to make a breakthrough soon,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)
Comments - 46
akashi Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00 AM
KAN GETTA 's work maybe...!!! via DM Android App
Thomas Saturday, 30 March 2013 05:13 AM
Soon every action will have a reaction.
justinian Sunday, 31 March 2013 09:44 AM
everything happened infront of police,The Cannot arrest monks because of loin cloth,They cannot arrest robbers because of their shares divided later or awaiting order.
If what u say is true, then it wont work, cos now the cost of living is going to go even higher.
Francis Friday, 29 March 2013 02:57 PM
GR made a name for himself after destroying the LTTE, now he is destroying himself.
Crow Bird Friday, 29 March 2013 02:58 PM
No matter what, this is unacceptable and barbaric. Shame on those people who involved.
sunny Saturday, 30 March 2013 12:00 AM
we are to over take african congo and mali in near furture while boasting of 2500 years history. via DM Android App
Thomas Saturday, 30 March 2013 03:53 PM
What happened to the CCTV recordings, they will show who were in action at Fashion Bug. All must be brought before Justice & punished. GOSL is responsible for the safety of all citizens of S/L
Doctor M Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00 AM
Firstly, what business do civilians have attacking a clothing store that has no significance to the alleged rape? Secondly, why was the monk who was throwing stones and damaging property not arrested when there is video evidence that he did so? And thirdly, why is daily mirror lk not reporting that a monk attacked the clothing store when there is video evidence of said monk committing such act? This shows how the daily mirror dances to the tune of the govt. and indeed does not report the truth! SHAME ON YOU! via DM Android App
patriotic Saturday, 30 March 2013 12:00 AM
who knows whether Fashion Bug created this mob attack themselves. via DM Android App
DHA Friday, 29 March 2013 03:27 PM
So we have another bed time story......
Ralph Sunday, 31 March 2013 11:08 AM
Deaf, Dumb and Blind
Elakiri Saturday, 30 March 2013 12:00 AM
The fashion bug was not the target. it was the other company. fashion bug was attacked for fun.... story is good for "konde bandapu cheennunta"... via DM Android App
tjeyar Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00 AM
This s fact These like of Muslim guys abuse other girls than their girls.Haram masters please think about this via DM Android App
sss Friday, 29 March 2013 01:26 PM
when law enforcement is impotent this is what happen
vipula Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00 AM
via DM Android App
HK Friday, 29 March 2013 01:35 PM
Wow nice story after target.. Well plan or after target plan !
ANTON Friday, 29 March 2013 01:35 PM
Seems live bana on all TV channels don't work.
sumangala Friday, 29 March 2013 03:43 PM
soon all are going to work on the road frightened of each others culture and religion
GC Friday, 29 March 2013 01:40 PM
Is it correct to destroy anything by taking law into ones hands? Should not the course of law take its route via the Police? Is the country become a third rate lawless country?
TreeHorse Friday, 29 March 2013 01:42 PM
I think this has gone beyond control. Police should regardless whether the parties involved, be it common man or clergy. Why isn't president commenting on this?
Publik Abilik Friday, 29 March 2013 01:44 PM
Make up your mind. An earlier report said Police were watching while the siege was going on. Now what is the police doing 'waiting for breakthrough'? will that fall out of the sky into their laps?
Amir Saturday, 30 March 2013 04:15 AM
I too agree that there were police in that location when this was happening but they didn't do anything.
SureshP Friday, 29 March 2013 01:45 PM
If it is a Backhoe yard or Fashion Bug, does it justify a mob to take the law in to their hands? Why did the Police do nothing till about a one hour attack. Why do people try to justify such deeds?
Black Friday, 29 March 2013 01:52 PM
End of the story... thanks to you our defence secretary. You should be our next president. So our country can go back to the dark era again.
chow chow Friday, 29 March 2013 03:52 PM
President...? There are many in Sri Lanka. Which one you mean?
sss Friday, 29 March 2013 03:54 PM
+ good will of other countries
Ann Sunday, 31 March 2013 07:51 AM
Why? Is it because it's embarrassing considering that its members of a particular community that's involved?
Kamal Friday, 29 March 2013 02:02 PM
This doesn't explain why did they attach Fashion Bug
galapiatamada Friday, 29 March 2013 02:05 PM
Some facts should be banned to be revealed on communal lines
chow chow Friday, 29 March 2013 03:56 PM
You are correct
shannn Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00 AM
100 ppl involved for a single persons crisis.. incredible!!! via DM Android App
#thetruth Friday, 29 March 2013 03:58 PM
when the law fails to do the right thing, BBS did the right thing.
Jose Saturday, 30 March 2013 04:25 AM
This is a goverment initiated problem to divert the peoples attention from high cost of living to unrest in the country. What beautiful country destroied by greedy politician.
Ishan Friday, 29 March 2013 04:01 PM
So why did they attack fashion bug?? A monk as seen on videos, breaks the CCTV in fashion bug while police stare at them like its entertainment. How can you justify that? Why the CCTV?? Why burn the whole fashion bug building down when it has no relation to the main story as the article says?? The story is twisting around. Its a deviation, this can only make matters worse. What they would do now is campaign against this man, because he's a muslim and bring new issues. It seems like a cover up to hide what the monks did.
truth Saturday, 30 March 2013 04:33 AM
crick Friday, 29 March 2013 02:16 PM
the only loser here is the insurance companies :D
MalcomX Saturday, 30 March 2013 01:45 PM
Now the media is twisting the tale,this is a major plan by GR and BBS to get rid of Muslim businesses so that others will have an easy business run.Already many honest tax paying Muslim business people are living in fear.What a country ....no future.
sanjeeval Friday, 29 March 2013 02:20 PM
sa Friday, 29 March 2013 04:17 PM
we know who are back in all incidents.
pr Saturday, 30 March 2013 02:20 PM
ISHAN : same as your thought, if it is a love affair or else it should be delt with the police, when a police complain is already exist WHY & HOW can a mob attack come, as well why to be gathered in a temple, which makes to understand it is been organised or originated from the temple, why the temple authorities or monks initially advice the mob to refrain and make attempt or inform with police if it is not under them. It is all evident that something through temple which confirms with a monk also involved shamely in the attack throwing a stone at the building confirming temple involvement,, shame on police in uniform in presence looking as a carnival without apprehending the monk and dispersing anybody. It is sure that now a politician will confront and will sought with political and no one will be charged and released. Finally medial will come out saying ALL UNDER CONTROL and ACTION WILL BE TAKEN...... finally it be will end of story and damage to FB.
Kamal Friday, 29 March 2013 04:20 PM
The president doesn't have time for this. He is busy arranging avurudu parties for his goons..
never4get Friday, 29 March 2013 12:00 AM
Ha, ha very funny. Target was something else, major damage was somewhere else. everyone knows what the target was, media was informed what the target was, the police too knew thats why they were protecting the hooligans! who is trying to fool whom. this proves the fact that the powers thst be are thinking only they are the brains and the masses are fools! via DM Android App
A.M. Friday, 29 March 2013 04:24 PM
And respect one has for monks..
Nadi Karunaratne Saturday, 30 March 2013 02:31 PM
This doesn't add up - the people are dim but we are not completely stupid. We need the media to show courage at times like this - who else is their to defend us?
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