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All concerned parties including the Buddhist and Muslim clergy have agreed to amicably resolve the issues that led to Saturday night’s attack in Grandpass, where a newly built Muslim praying Centre was damaged.

The parties had decided to develop the old Mosque and remove the newly built prayer centre, sources said.

The decision has been taken following a meeting held at the Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Ministry, Colombo 02.

The meeting was attended by JHU General Secretary Champika Ranawaka, Western Province governor Alavi Maulana, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister Rishad Badhiutheen, Minister Rauff Hakeem, Inspector General of Police N.K. Illangakoon and Buddhist and Muslim Clergy.

Speaking after the meeting, JHU General Secretary Champika Ranawaka told reporters that the government and authorities would help to develop the old mosque.

Parties had also agreed to remove a Bo tree that was near the mosque.

Western Province governor Alavi Maulana said an outside gang had attacked an old mosque in Grandpas area making a threat to the harmony between the communities in the area. (YP & LSP) Pix by Kushan Pathiraja


  Comments - 32

  • Ravi Monday, 12 August 2013 03:39 AM


    john245 Tuesday, 13 August 2013 06:52 AM

    someone said
    there is an evil eye on the land of new mosque.

    Cutting Down a sacred boo tree with Buddhist politicians agreement... Mmmmmm ?????

    jeyarajah Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:15 AM

    May be an eye witness Mr Ravisandu! and with this settlement he may become a minister of Muslim affairs.

    jeyarajah Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:09 AM

    Settlement.! what a surprise.!! Who settled with whom.
    Who is responsible for this type of disturbance in the city. Not only the people those who settled themself got affected because of this disturbance.This is a break of law and order.
    how can they settle themself.Who is responsible for the lose of government payment for all these nonsense activities.
    I feel a basic education is very essential for the religious monks and the govt. (ie the people of this country) should find a way to approve only the educated monks to preach the religious philoshopies to the people.Now every body became
    monks and it became as a business having politics behind.
    I feel very sorry to note the difference of Lord Buddha`s preaching and what is happening in our so called buddhist country.-Sri Lanka.

    Sunakaya Tuesday, 13 August 2013 04:49 AM

    Why Champaka is busy in Grandpass???

    Marikkar Monday, 12 August 2013 12:51 PM

    The triuth is that MR has bought JHU as well. See How champika's stance has changed? Hurrah

    Buddhi Monday, 12 August 2013 12:31 PM

    Pls arrest the culprits. We want our muslims, christians and tamils to live peacefully in this country.

    Suq Madique Monday, 12 August 2013 12:11 PM

    This will be the norm now. First allow thugs to attack and destroy then force the victims to a settlement.

    ravisandu Monday, 12 August 2013 12:10 PM

    What does Champika Ranawaka got to do with this? Is he the minister of amicable settlements or what?

    Saman Monday, 12 August 2013 12:08 PM

    Thank yoy DM for the video clip. After 30 years people are looking for Peace and Harmony. Not another communal riot.

    saman rathnayaka Monday, 12 August 2013 11:41 AM

    without punish the criminals who attacked muslim religion peace will be not there.these are criminals againt buddism,and againt all religions.religious people are peacefull,non violence.traitors of the country now trying to kill peace in sri lanka and want to destroy peace and prosperity now emerging.

    shir Monday, 12 August 2013 11:17 AM

    much to often and much too violently and without anyone being brought to justice

    Hakeem Monday, 12 August 2013 11:16 AM

    well, alls well that ends well!

    Gus Gemba Monday, 12 August 2013 06:07 AM

    Eid Mubarak!

    shantha sri Monday, 12 August 2013 05:52 AM

    good move

    Jay Monday, 12 August 2013 05:23 AM

    "Paradise Lost"......Then regained......And Sri Lanka becomes "Paradise Lost" AGAIN!!!!! Sad!! Bad!!!! Mad!!!!

    unchikun Sunday, 11 August 2013 01:30 PM

    This is not the Buddhist philosophy. The people who respect the Buddhist philosophy are tolerant to any religion or delusions.

    Nodrog Monday, 12 August 2013 03:39 AM

    Why not? If casinos and night clubs are allowed why not a prayer centre?

    ashraff Sunday, 11 August 2013 03:05 PM

    Amicable settlement is highly appreciable. Every dispute can be settled in this way, thagarism never solve a problem

    dava Sunday, 11 August 2013 03:01 PM

    The least the country wanted....!!
    Suba Anagathayak

    Cobra Sunday, 11 August 2013 02:53 PM

    But these incidents are taking place much too often and if not nipped in the bud there will be hell to pay!

    Mm Sunday, 11 August 2013 02:42 PM

    All concerned parties agreed???? So was the "out side gang who attacked " also present???

    Mason Sunday, 11 August 2013 02:37 PM

    What harm do the people of Grandpass see in a Prayer Room of the Muslims in that building?

    Mancini Sunday, 11 August 2013 02:31 PM

    We don't want another riot ..PLEASE

    Ane Anichchan Sunday, 11 August 2013 02:16 PM

    Salaam Alekum ...... What we need is peace...... Mabrook!

    Kay Parker Sunday, 11 August 2013 02:15 PM

    The politician are responsible. God save Sri lanka

    Kotthuwa .... Sunday, 11 August 2013 02:06 PM

    looks like all in the same boat. we people are the fools for sending them to parliment

    jabir shaffie Sunday, 11 August 2013 02:03 PM

    in sri lanka give solution to problems after incidents happend

    Viewer Sunday, 11 August 2013 02:01 PM

    Where is the law for trespass and attack ?

    HK Sunday, 11 August 2013 01:56 PM

    Shoot them all !! Useless nuts ! Is that a settlement ?

    Dinesh Sunday, 11 August 2013 01:45 PM

    Who gave permission to put up a new mosque or a praying center? Government must gets its act together. For votes they sell anything. After all these are illegal constructions.

    Laugh Sunday, 11 August 2013 01:41 PM

    What a beautiful and a peaceful country

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