Police get court order for BBS video

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The news directors attached to two private television channels were yesterday ordered to hand over unedited video footage to the police, to conduct further investigations into the alleged commotion made by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organistion,  disrupting a media conference organised by the Jathika Bala Sena (JBS) on April 9.

Colombo Additional Magistrate A.M.M. Sahabdeen ordered the news directors of Hiru TV and Swarnawahini to hand over the video footage recorded during the press conference held from 10am to 11.30pm at Hotel Nippon on April 9, with three copies for the Slave Island police.  

Filing a fact report regarding the incident, the Slave Island Police told Court that they refrained from arresting the suspected Buddhist monks and other laymen as it could hamper the religious and ethnic harmony in the country.  

Meanwhile, police further stated that the respondents were alleged to have committed a punishable offence which came under section 140, 146, 437, 446 and 486 of the Penal Code.

Lodging a complaint with Slave Island police, Ven. Vijitha Thera of Mahaweli Maha Viharaya in Divula Pelessa alleged that Buddhist monks belonging to the BBS, including its General Secretary Gnaanasara Thera, had stormed into the media conference and threatened him, and disrupted the pre-arranged programme. In his police complaint, the complainant has called for a police inquiry into the actions of the BBS members over the incident.

Meanwhile, Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera had told police that he had apologised in the presence of the BBS as he was under duress. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
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  • Dee Thursday, 17 April 2014 05:20 AM

    keep enough copies

    Malin Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:38 AM

    There must be a special Buddhist court where monks violating precepts are more than 3 times are disrobed.

    Asif Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:36 AM

    Arrest the criminals who are a disgrace to all societies

    V Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:17 AM

    True that Dee. Keep A LOT of copies. via DM Android App

    Abu Jaheel Friday, 18 April 2014 03:52 AM

    Dont you know, just roll the matter under the carpet and go trigger happy under his blessings!

    Azee Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:44 AM

    We saw on the TV the Gen. Secy. of the BBS in action. The Rev. priest looked very pious, holy and serene ! via DM Android App

    hb Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:49 AM

    BBS and Mervyn...... Both are above law! Only difference is Mervyn is a haalmessa compared to BBS


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