12 BBS Members were arrested and released on orders “from the top”.

RELEASEDThree Muslims have been arrested this afternoon while reportedly attempting to torch a Sinhalese business establishment in Darga Town, with no arrests being made as yet on the mob which caused mayhem in theAluthgama and surrounding area during the past two nights.

Reports said that the youth had been arrested with two petrol bombs, while one youth had been arrested while attempting to flee.

The Colombo Telegraph reliably learns, that 12 persons who were the ‘main brains’ behind the riots, belonging to the BBS or its affiliations were arrested and released on orders “from the top”.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior defence official told Colombo Telegraph that the 12 persons played an integral role in the riot, but were released due to orders.

Meanwhile, a Bodu Bala Sena affiliated rally organised in Mawanella was called off after the Police obtained a court order against the rally.

Media reports also said that the Chairman of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Kirama Wimalajothi had resigned from the organisation “due to his dismay at its conduct”

Reports however said that Wamalajothi was not willing to come before the media and make a statement denouncing the organisation.

Earlier a Sri Lankan journalist, detailing the modus operandi of the BBS wrote that the BBS opts to blackmail monks who do not fall in line with their ideologies, leaving many against the organisation helpless.

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