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A Buddhist monk set himself on fire this morning outside the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy in protest over the slaughter of cattle, police said.

Sources said the monk poured petrol over his body and then lit himself. He was rushed to the Kandy hospital with severe injuries and later transferred to General Hospital, Colombo, the police added.

Preliminary investigations had revealed that the Buddhist monk identified as Ven. Bowatte Indraratana Thera was a former Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) member of the Pelmadulla Pradeshiya Sabha.

He had lost his seat in the PS after he had repeatedly stayed away from council meetings. The PS Chairman said about two weeks ago he received a letter from the JHU saying that the monk had been expelled from the party. (J.A.L Jayasinghe and LB Senaratne)




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  • ragu Friday, 24 May 2013 11:02 AM

    know one can not stop to eat beef. It is human right violation.

    Nash Monday, 27 May 2013 02:42 PM

    most of the people dont have a sense or humour here.

    Arachchi Friday, 24 May 2013 07:08 AM

    I thought Hela Urumaya went to parliament in order to address these issues... anyway who is ready to set fire self against those child abusers and rapists...

    KD Saturday, 25 May 2013 03:48 AM

    What about Balaya fish ?

    Shehan Jayawardene Friday, 24 May 2013 07:06 AM

    If some people think that they can stop others from eating beef by setting themselves on fire, they are sadly mistaken. :)

    Arachchi Friday, 24 May 2013 11:05 AM

    sarcasm..?

    nimesh Friday, 24 May 2013 11:17 AM

    what about killing of fish? be fair to all animals.

    crazy Saturday, 25 May 2013 04:12 AM

    A private TV channel telecasted the whole incident from the start on their 8 clock news like a teledrama. They were following the monk waiting for him to set fire to himself.

    pathetic media!

    Naz Saturday, 25 May 2013 04:11 AM

    New official data shows that Sri Lanka still has one of highest suicide rates in the world, with almost 4,000 people killing themselves per year, or about 11 per day.

    IS SUICIDE BECOMING AN EPIDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY?
    IT'S TIME WE EDUCATE OUR PEOPLE!

    Laminate Friday, 24 May 2013 08:27 AM

    Ayyo! Ayyo! New concept starts.....

    weha Friday, 24 May 2013 08:33 AM

    Good point dude. people seems to more compassionate towards cows rather than humans.

    sach Friday, 24 May 2013 08:37 AM

    Of course this is the biggest problem in this country

    xlntgson Friday, 24 May 2013 08:48 AM

    gava mas noka ekatuvana pina tamange mas pitchi samaveda?

    desilva Friday, 24 May 2013 12:52 PM

    Is he Budhist monk.He is a dangerous to the humans as he wanted to kill (himslf).HBe should be locked up to save human not animals.'Ane devdath ,noditu mokpura,.

    VoiceofLanka Friday, 24 May 2013 01:00 PM

    Indeed. People have a right to eat any flesh, even of their own kind (once dead of course).

    Wikum Friday, 24 May 2013 01:00 PM

    Why these people do not talk on human killings or influential facts on them? We are experiencing shortage of good thoughts on man kind.

    Vaz Friday, 24 May 2013 09:17 AM

    Completely against the Buddhist philosophy. This is crazy and mental.

    sen Friday, 24 May 2013 04:41 PM

    I too agree, suicide is against buddhism also it is totally upseting the Buddhist people of this country on a day like this.

    jayantha silva Friday, 24 May 2013 01:13 PM

    Have you ever tried to milk a fish or a chicken ?

    Ceylonese Friday, 24 May 2013 09:25 AM

    This is not the Buddhism at all.

    Lanka Friday, 24 May 2013 09:21 AM

    Buddhism doesn't encourage to kills animals in the same time Buddhism doesn't allow us to kill ourself

    Mugiwara Friday, 24 May 2013 05:04 PM

    And those who think eating plants is fine, for your info, even PLANTS ARE LIVING CREATURES. Why are we eating them also? Why double standards lol?!

    Ahamed Friday, 24 May 2013 04:59 PM

    Oh, so milking is what differentiate an animal from milkable and non milkable,???@#$%!!!! and milkable are much more precious than others ???? what a logic...

    desilva Friday, 24 May 2013 01:19 PM

    @Weha, There are three cows already.

    firefox Friday, 24 May 2013 09:34 AM

    One down many more to go!

    PRASANNAJIT Friday, 24 May 2013 09:37 AM

    There are far bigger issues in this country which should be addressed first.

    Baby Friday, 24 May 2013 01:21 PM

    What about all the chicken that are killed...???

    Kapila Friday, 24 May 2013 09:46 AM

    Majority of the people in this country will not stop eating meat and it is not possible to stop slaughtering animals.

    ravishan Saturday, 25 May 2013 02:34 AM

    well said

    KNS Saturday, 25 May 2013 06:29 AM

    I think the BBS will definitely be considering this technique .. watch and see.

    RamUK Friday, 24 May 2013 09:49 AM

    sad situation need to educate these people...

    KNS Saturday, 25 May 2013 06:31 AM

    I totally agree with you on that .. the standards of our media have really gone down the tube.

    patali sevanagala Friday, 24 May 2013 05:51 PM

    Very good point sir

    weir Saturday, 25 May 2013 06:38 AM

    the truth!
    does it hurt?

    michael Friday, 24 May 2013 06:12 PM

    The Funniest stuff is they were photographing and videoing when he was pouring the fuel on him no one wanted to stop that but once he is on fire all run to help him.

    What a World are we living in

    H Saturday, 25 May 2013 03:08 AM

    Ekman suwaya Labewa!!! Dewiyan araksha karathwa!!! BUDUSARANAI!!!

    Mr. Bernard Wijeyasi Friday, 24 May 2013 06:14 PM

    It is highly unusual for a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk to use self immolation to make a point. It may not stop the eating of beef by non Buddhists in Sri Lanka but his action will galvanize the Sanga into further action of the act of slaughtering the cow. Sri Lanka has many laws on the book in regards to the sanctity of the cow and this act would have an effect on the Buddhist laity & the Sanga.

    Thanush Sunday, 26 May 2013 12:00 AM

    this is a biggest problem in this country what were u all doing when human being killed via DM Android App

    sinhala bauddaya Saturday, 25 May 2013 06:55 AM

    whats the new concept

    crick Friday, 24 May 2013 10:47 AM

    no one to immolate against the ones in Tamil Nadu??

    realitybites Friday, 24 May 2013 10:50 AM

    What a leading example by a buddhist monk.

    Budu saranai.

    shan Saturday, 25 May 2013 03:48 AM

    How abt the bars that are located so close to the holy relic.
    Cos they are more dangerous than killing animals?

    kautilya Friday, 24 May 2013 11:04 AM

    You can expect promotion of similar performances against 13A and NPC polls.


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