Former MP Dr. Harsha De Silva today commented and clarified on the incident where the Arunodhaya Mawatha in Rajagiriya was put on lockdown for several hours yesterday.
Dr. De Silva said the area was locked down temporarily and then reopened under strict curfew protocols.
"I request local politicians to be responsible in making statements with regard to this crisis. The statement that the pastor in Arunodhaya Mawatha took a group to a mass in Jaffna, to attempt to link it to the incident with a pastor there with suspected Coronavirus, is baseless and no one went to Jaffna,” he said.
He said Kotte Mayor's statement that a pastor took people to Jaffna to try and link it to the issue there created unnecessary tension in the area. "It was found to be false," he said.
Comments - 11
Mendis Monday, 30 March 2020 04:12 PM
Even a corona or tsunami will not change the attitudes of some racists ,always anti tamil or muslim
Dhammika Monday, 30 March 2020 04:22 PM
TRUTH is reality , Only Lies are invented .
People Monday, 30 March 2020 04:53 PM
This what happen when uneducated politician ruling the country. They will do anything in the name of politics
Chux Monday, 30 March 2020 06:05 PM
Phottuwa is doing the campaign now
Hope we turn a new leaf Monday, 30 March 2020 07:01 PM
"Kotte Mayor's statement that a pastor took people to Jaffna to try and link it to the issue there created unnecessary tension in the area. " - It is such mischievous statements by "our Sinhala Buddhist Patriots" (within inverted commas !) which caused the mayhem in Aluthgama, Digana, Kandy. and one year ago (during Easter) at Minuvangoda and other places. ! Cannot we learn from mistakes and banish all such rumor mongers and extremists and not promote or encourage (finance) them etc.
Mohan Monday, 30 March 2020 07:09 PM
How come no one take action against the rumour mongers!
Arun Skanda Monday, 30 March 2020 07:48 PM
All religious representatives should do their duty in prescribed places they reside or at special functions after obtaining permission; not by going in groups to villages and house by house.
Cityzen Monday, 30 March 2020 08:37 PM
If all these useless politicians keep their mouths shut, mind their own business, get fed from the looted money from us like they did for so many years and do not get elected again thats the best that can happen to this country. Let the president and the forces run this country. We do not need any of you.
dickie bird Monday, 30 March 2020 09:34 PM
Harsha, once again you show your ignorance. What is false or not is not the matter, you did not go to the Authorities in charge of matters on the ground.
Who cares what the Kotte Mayor told you.
U did not go to the authorities
R.D Wickramasinghe Monday, 30 March 2020 10:12 PM
Thank you Mr De Silva for speaking on behalf of the Church. There are people who want to use this situation to attack religious places and cause hatred among communities.
If these allegations were false action must be taken against those who spread False Information. There has to be a public apology to the Pastor concerned which is a decent thing to do.
Sim Monday, 30 March 2020 10:32 PM
Why no FCID inquiries for giving false information
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