Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that his government will not allow racism or religious extremism in the country and advised the Buddhist majority community to protect the rights of others.
“This is a democratic country, non-Buddhists have equal rights and freedoms. While we safeguard the rights of Buddhists, it is the responsibility of the Buddhists to be exemplary and protect the rights of others,” he told a religious gathering yesterday at Weherahena in the south.
Rajapaksa said any attempt to promote religious extremism would supply ammunition to those elements who want to spread false accusations against Sri Lanka.
“All who love the motherland should shoulder the responsibility of safeguarding ethnic and religious harmony,” he said
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) was not behind the attack on the Muslim-owned clothing store, Fashion Bug, in Pepiliyana, according to preliminary police inquires, Police Spokesperson, SP Buddhika Siriwardena said.
He, however, added investigations have revealed that several individual monks have incited a mob to attack the store.
SP Siriwardana told Ceylon Today, six suspects who were arrested over the attack will be produced before the Nugegoda Magistrate today (31).
Police are checking the video footage of the CCTV system, in order to identify the others involved in the attack. Police sources said the majority of the mob has been identified and several police teams have been assigned to arrest the suspects. The mob of about 25 persons, allegedly led by a Buddhist monk, attacked the clothing store in Pepiliyana, causing damage to several vehicles and main buildings around 8:30 p.m.
Monks took part in attack -POLICE
As Ceylon today today reports-
According to the police, the mob was on the lookout for a Muslim youth, who is alleged to have raped an underage girl in Nugegoda.