Aug 20, Colombo: A Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka today accused the Sinhala Buddhist extremist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) of assaulting him for preaching ethnic harmony among communities.
The aggrieved monk, Watareka Vijitha Thero is the chief incumbent of Mahaweli Temple of Mahiyanganya.
The Sinhala Buddhist extremist organization was reportedly angered by a speech delivered by Vijitha Thero at a function organized by Upcountry Muslim Council during the Ramadan period.
The Thero has criticized the extremism of the BBS in his speech and called for peaceful coexistence among different communities.
The Thero said that he was assaulted by the Kandy district organizer of BBS who is also a Buddhist monk and a group led by him as he was traveling to Colombo.
The monk's driver has later driven the vehicle to Kegalle police station where Vijitha Thero has sought police protection.