Police protection for Ven. Wetarekka Vijitha Thera had been withdrawn two weeks before Thursday’s brutal attack on him, BBS a racist organisation which has the backing of the Rajapaksha family has threatened to attack him.
Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana, contacted for comment, said yesterday that the thera had been given police protection for one and a half months following an attempt by a mob allegedly instigated by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) to attack the Thera, at the Mahiyanganaya Pradeshiya Sabha, when he came to attend its sitting in April. The protection had been withdrawn as the threat subsided, the SSP said.
Asked about the progress of the police investigation into the assault and cut injuries the monk received, the Police Spokesman said the police were yet to record a statement from President of Jathika Balasena, Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera on the violent incident. The SSP said that the Thera had not given a clear statement to the police conducting investigations under the supervision of Panadura Division Assistant Superintendent of Police, but the police would conduct an investigation based on the available evidence.
No one is arrested regarding this attack to date and it is believed that No one will ever be arrested as the attackers are supporters of racist Buddhist organisation which has a strong support of the Rajapaksha brothers.
Monk who had openly opposed the racist policies of the Sri Lankan government was under threat from the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation which had the full support of the Rajapaksha brothers had been in hiding for some time following attempts to harm him. He was found stripped and set upon and had sustained injuries with his hands and legs tied near the Bolgoda river.
Sleuths of the Colombo Crime Division (CCD), who questioned Jathika Bala Sena (JBS) leader, Ven. Watareka Vijitha thera, at the Colombo National Hospital on Friday, are now probing certain information he had revealed. The monk had told police investigators that he was aware of the identity of the persons who abducted and attacked him. He was stripped and set upon and had sustained injuries as a result. Later, they had dumped him near the Hirana bridge in Panadura.
“We are conducting further investigations on the basis of the statement given by the monk”, police spokesman, SSP Ajith Rohana said yesterday. The prelate is an elected member of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) administered Mahiyangana Pradeshiya Sabha.
Police said that a passer-by who found the monk with his hands and legs tied near the Bolgoda river alerted the police. A robe was lying beside him. A National Identity Card found at the scene had the name Ven. Watareka Vijitha thera. The monk was initially admitted to the Panadura Base Hospital and later transferred to the Colombo National Hospital as he had suffered cut injuries, police said. Some residents had claimed they had observed a three-wheeler speeding away from the scene, according to police.
The prelate has come under threat from the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and had been in hiding for some time following attempts to harm him.