A blatant attempt is underway in Sri Lanka to “cover up” and whitewash the despicable role played by the “Bodhu Bala Sena”(Buddhist Power Force)in the recent attack at Pepiliyana on the Muslim owned apparel establishment”Fashion Bug”.
Although the Bodhu Bala Sena(BBS) has disclaimed responsibility for the incident ,such denial seems rather unconvincing as there is clear evidence of BBS involvement.
Efforts however are on to cover up the BBS involvement in an exercise typical of the “shape venda baridha ”syndrome prevalent in Sri Lanka under the Rajapaksa regime.
The mob that attacked “Fashion Bug”emerged from the precincts of the Buddhist place of worship”Sunethra Mahadeva Pirivena” in Pepiliyana.A group of about 25-30 persons including 8-10 Buddhist monks had gone there from Nedimala in Dehiwela and conducted a meeting at dusk.The mob was incited into attacking by inflammatory oratory of an anti-Muslim nature at the meeting.
Despite denials it is now well known that the group which went to Pepiliyana is from the Bodhu Bala Sena.Furthermore several people attached to the Pirivena including its chief incumbent are also members of the BBS.
Members of the Bodhu Bala Sena both clergy and laity were in the forefront of the mob and acted as ringleaders in the attack.