Minister Mervyn Silva said that his son Malaka Silva did not assault any army officer as reported.
Addressing a press conference in Colombo, Minister Silva however said that Malaka would have assaulted a man. “My son had never assaulted an army officer; he would have assaulted a man, but definitely not an army officer,” the minister said adding that “even in your childhood you had fought with others, in the younger age you would have fought and even at my age you would have had a fight with someone. That cannot be stopped, because we are human beings and it applies to my son too.”
He also said that if something had been done by his son, police could take proper action.
The minister told a news conference that the Kaliamman Kovil would not be allowed to hold the animal sacrifices scheduled for October, 16.
“The police will take necessary measures to ensure that the rituals are stopped,” the minister said.
Thun Hela Jathikaya Secretary the Ven. Omarpe Kassapa Thera said they had filed a complaint at the Chilaw police station because the temple had not obtained the necessary clearance from authorities to hold the ceremony.
“This is not a religious matter, we accept the right to practice the religion of his or her choice, but this is illegal and has to be stopped,” the Thera said.
(Nabeela Hussain) (Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana)