28 villagers arrested for assaulting Buddhist monk

images (1)Police today said that twenty-eight persons including 14 women and a teenager have been arrested after a group of villagers allegedly assaulted the Chief Incumbent of the Sri Munasingharama Buddhist Temple in Hatale, Panwila.

The attack had reportedly taken place due to a dispute between the Buddhist monk and the villagers.Twenty-seven suspects have been remanded until July 3 after being produced at the Teldeniya Magistrate’s Court while the other suspect, a 17-year-old youth, has been handed over to the Weragala Children’s Home.

The assaulted monk is currently receiving treatment at the Kandy Hospital, police said.