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8 June 2016 07:26 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Government should intervene to protect the lives of Basnayaka Nilames as they faced death threats trying to protect the temporalities of the Devalas, the Basnayake Nilames said today.

President of their association Mahanuwara Sri Kataragama Devala Basnayaka Nilame Gemunu Bandara Walisundara said hundreds of acres of lands, belonging to the Devalas, had been encroached forcibly by politicians, their accomplices and underworld gangs.

“We, as Basnayaka Nilames, maintain the Devalas and conduct Pujas with the income of the temporalities of the Devalas. We do not receive any funds from the Government. Today we have no income to do them, as the properties have been seized illegally. When we go to collect rents, they threaten us with death. How can we protect these Devalas without this rent monies?,” Walisundara asked.

He said the Police had not provided any security to them and added that the Police took months to investigate, whenever they lodged a complaint.

“It is the responsibility of the Government to ensure our security. But we have no security. The Government provides security to unwanted people, but pays no attention to us who face death threats,” he said.

Mr. Walisundara alleged that certain groups were attempting to discredit the position of the Basnayaka Nilames. (Nadeeka Daya Bandara)


  Comments - 6

  • Anonymous T Wednesday, 08 June 2016 07:46 PM

    If our legal system is improved all these expenses will not have to be incurred. Both the judiciary and police must be improved. Even the Nilame's are facing these problems but what happens when innocent citizens encounter such problems? If we speed up the judiciary, there will be a positive wealth effect in the case of lands which will add to economic growth since people will then be willing to spend more. Then we can talk about VAT and other nonsense..

    Dumbo Thursday, 09 June 2016 03:25 AM

    If they could have survived the previous regime, this is utter rubbish. Angling to get security to show their importance? High time the Yahapalanaya Govt. put down their foot with all these jokers and get on with what needs to be done.

    Ceylonese Thursday, 09 June 2016 06:00 AM

    Since the Rajapakse Government came to power 10 years ago law and order in the country has deteriorated to such an extent that people are even encroaching into lands belonging to the Devalas where they go to worship.

    sobers Thursday, 09 June 2016 04:48 PM

    Even certain Nilame's are corrupted. Quality people do not survive in these positions.

    Dutch delight Thursday, 09 June 2016 05:51 PM

    All the problems in SL are caused by politicians only. via DM Android App

    jay Thursday, 09 June 2016 07:07 PM

    they can spend all bribes they give to get elected on their security !!!!

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