A tense situation prevailed in front of the Jayaratne Florists, Borella after members of the Sihala Rawaya protested against sending the body of the self immolated monk Ven. Bowatte Indraratna Thera to Ratnapura. The monks protested in Borella and then threatened to set themselves on fire outside the official residence of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. They then proceeded towards Temple Trees forcing the police to close the road between Galle Face and the Colpetty junction.
According to the Sunday Times, investigations by Media Ministry has revealed that the monk had, before setting himself on fire told the local correspondent of a State media institution of his plans to do so.
The correspondent had videoed the entire event. The material had been aired both in State run and private television networks. “We have to ask the media to draw the line when it comes to such issues. As a result of the correspondent in question keeping the incident a secret until he videoed it, the life of a monk is now in danger,” he told Sundya Times. Media Ministry Secretary said his Ministry was going into the ethical issues in this regard. “We don’t want to be restrictive but the media, both State run and private, must know their limits in cases like this,” he said.