The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has today urged the Inspector General of Police and the National Police commission to inquire into the latest charges made by monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara of the Bodu Bala Sena claiming that the police found suicide jackets in a Muslim home down Kawdana road. MCSL has also requested the IGP to take immediate action against Gnanasara Thero if he was lying as this charge could cause hate against the Muslims.
We publish below the statement in full;
December 16th 2015
The Inspector General of Police Police Headquarters Colombo 1
It is with much concern that we wish to bring to your notice, a statement made by Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero of the Bodu Bala Sena(BBS) which could be seen from the enclosed DVD. He has accused the Muslims of harboring extremists and planning a major military attack on Sri Lanka with the support of international terrorists. You will note in the enclosed DVD that he has specifically accused the Muslims of hoarding suicide jackets and harboring terrorists in a private residence in Kawdana, Dehiwela.
You will no doubt give very serious attention to the statement made by Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero that would warrant an immediate investigation by yourself. Given the portrayal of the Muslim community in a very detrimental manner, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka calls upon your good-self to conduct an impartial inquiry and take appropriate action.
Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero’s recent statement is obviously to restart the hate campaign that existed before the Presidential elections 8th of January 2015, by targeting the Muslim and other minority communities. As you are aware, there have been over 540 incidents of violence, intimidation and hate carried out by extremist groups like the BBS against the Muslims and over 511 incidents against the evangelical Christians during the last three years. Mosques, Churches and prayer centers have been systematically targeted and destroyed. Despite several representations, no proper police action has been taken against these those responsible for such acts at that time.
Given the independence of the Police since January 2015, we are hopeful that appropriate and urgent action will be taken by you on the above and if the accusations are found to be false, to punish those responsible for hate campaigns and disrupting peace in the country.
I thank you for your kind and immediate attention.