Watareka thero arrested over claims

sri-lankaThe police have arrested the venerable Watareka vijitha thero, a Buddhist monk who openly spoke against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), over allegations had staged a recent attack on himself.

Watareka vijitha thero was arrested after he was discharged from the Colombo National hospital where he was receiving treatment.

Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that legal action is to be filed against the monk over the staged abduction and attack.

The monk was produced in court and remanded. However lawyers of the monk say he had been forced to confess to staging the attack.

The monk was was found assaulted and left on the road in the Panadura recently with his hands tied to the back and cut wounds on his lower part of the body.

Ajith Rohana said the monk had initially claimed that he was abducted my men in robes and later he found himself in hospital.

However the police spokesman said that investigations had found the statements made by the monk were false and that he had staged the abduction with his relatives.

Ajith Rohana said that the relatives of the monk had confessed to assisting the monk to stage the whole incident and medical reports revealed the injuries caused to the monk were self-inflicted.

Watareka vijitha thero has been openly critical of the actions of the BBS and was even verbally abused by the BBS at a press conference in Colombo.

The monk even expressed opposition to the recent incidents targeting Muslims in the South. (Colombo Gazette)

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