The cuts on the body of Watareka Vijitha Thera who claimed he was abducted and assaulted by an unidentified group were self-inflicted, the Police said today.
Speaking at a media briefing Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said the monk had confessed to inflicting the cuts by himself during follow-ups of the investigation carried out by the Colombo Crimes Division.
The Thera had earlier claimed that he was abducted and assaulted.
“Contradictions in the monk’s statement on the series of events that occurred on the day he claimed he was abducted, had raised suspicions,” the SSP Rohana said.
He said that a careful study of the monk’s phone records and CCTV footage by the investigation team had indicated Wijitha’s Thera’s statement did not add up.
Rohana said the monk had now confessed to the fact that he inflicted the wounds on himself using a set of keys and blades.
The investigations have also revealed that the monk had requested a relative to drop him off at Bandaragama in a van.
Meanwhile, Police said that legal action would be taken against the monk for filing a fake complaint.(Darshana Sanjeewa)
Ven. Watareka Vijitha thera assaulted