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Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister, Rajitha Senaratne said today a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Bodu Bala Sena leader Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera and CID detectives have been deployed to take him into custody over allegations of inciting religious and racial hatred.

Responding to a journalist at yesterday’s weekly news briefing, he said it would be a difficult task for the police to arrest him if he was being protected by a minister.

Journalist: There are media reports that he is being protected by a minister.

Spokesman: Possible. That is why the police have been unable to arrest him. Sri Lanka is not such a big country nor were there so many hiding places for him to hide.

Journalist: Why only Gnanasara Thera. Why don't the police arrest Tamil and Muslim racists?

Minister: He has been directed to appear in Court to answer allegations made against him by the Police. His language is extremely insulting and he has called Muslims Thambiyas and Marakkalayas. He has also allegedly attempted to incite people against other ethnic groups. The Muslim and Tamil politicians have not done that but have demanded their rights. Talking about your rights or making a statement to that effect will not create divisions among people.

Journalist: Mosques have been attacked even after Gnanasara Thera has gone under ground. That means he is not responsible for the attacks.

Minister: True. But anyone who wants to prove his innocence can attack a mosque.

He said some Eastern Muslim MPs met him recently to complain about the attacks on Muslims and he will discuss the matter with them shortly and appraise the President and the Prime Minister on this matter. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • Godaya Wednesday, 07 June 2017 11:16 PM

    Call the Field Marshals and Ranja. Get them track him down. :-)

    ceylon Thursday, 08 June 2017 07:12 PM

    if sowhy dont arrest both. seems this is a paradise of useless disable politicians. via DM Android App

    johan Thursday, 08 June 2017 12:51 AM

    Cant understand why President and PM are having thisminister in their cabinet.After all I think he is from the National List not elected by the people.

    sam Thursday, 08 June 2017 03:56 AM

    At least this minister is telling the truth and he agrees that this government is controlled by so many people. The monk is wanted for contempt of court not for inciting racism. Please understand the facts minister via DM iOS App

    smartgent Thursday, 08 June 2017 04:44 AM

    This guy is known to create religious disharmony. So he has to be arrested immediately.

    Steve Thursday, 08 June 2017 06:21 AM

    He must be offered a Nobel Prize for looking after the Good, The Bad

    Sunil Thursday, 08 June 2017 06:52 AM

    A government minister is protecting him, so he cannot be arrested even after committing heinous crimes. This is taking yahapalanaya to its next level.

    victor Thursday, 08 June 2017 07:32 AM

    Law in this country bull shit when the Priminister of UK walks with his wife and children our Ministers with no Education they think there are grate

    lion Thursday, 08 June 2017 08:21 AM

    states of this country is insane via DM Android App

    Baja Thursday, 08 June 2017 09:13 AM

    government says Wesak is an international holiday but being a poya today students are having foreign exams via DM Android App

    Ganesh Thursday, 08 June 2017 09:42 AM

    This minister is extreme fanatic who expressed something against Muslims

    B S Perera Thursday, 08 June 2017 10:11 AM

    Gnanasara's actions are completely wrong. But Government should investigate about his allegations as well as the complaints by Eastern Muslim MPS.

    Arnold Thursday, 08 June 2017 10:12 AM

    Who is this mysterious black sheep?

    Sunnyman2020 Thursday, 08 June 2017 10:31 AM

    Why doesn't police arrest the Minister for protecting someone who is breaking the law in the country

    Rufus Norton Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:07 AM

    Time for talking has been long past and still the Government is only making media appearances. Somebody has to take decision and strong action. The law applies to everybody alike. So stop the bullshitting and show the people that the Government is truly democratic

    OPTIMIST Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:09 AM

    NEVER HEARD OF IN OUR PEARL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN - even booking a politico on minor offences like parking in unauthorised areas .is a far cry !

    Sincere Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:15 AM

    Has he got Raja-Paksha fever? Then treat it!

    Sincere Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:17 AM

    If a Minister of the Government is so involved, then what was the use of President's addressing the Parliamentarians at the Parliamentary complex yesterday?

    ants Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:32 AM

    This is taking Yahapalanaya to Exit level

    Kata Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:49 AM

    whatever he has talked so far is false better not to trust him via DM Android App

    ceylon Thursday, 08 June 2017 12:41 PM

    see.s all are puppets. via DM Android App

    Wizz Thursday, 08 June 2017 01:17 PM

    Christian archaeological sites?

    nihal denipitiya Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:05 PM

    i think everybody knows who is this minister

    gobba Thursday, 08 June 2017 04:41 PM

    You need a brain scan buddy, pronto !!!!

    keen Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:01 PM

    next year may day you can say ministers are protecting the corrupted ones via DM Android App

    Chan Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:17 PM

    so you are also collecting brownie points why did the Thera spoke out think about it he is reacting to a problem in the country demolishing historical Buddhist and Christian archaeological sites destroying Willpattu forest reserve and etc. this is the problem and instead of addressing these issues the government is trying to shut down the person who is voicing out these issues please have a backbone and face the facts via DM Android App

    Who who Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:51 PM

    Government minister means Wijedasa Rajapakse protecting him? If so what power PM and M3 have,? if a minister can control this much country law and order? it should be equal for all


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