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* Sri Lankan Minister calls for a Commission to probe Buddhist extremist group and incidents against minorities
Wed, Apr 16, 2014, 12:46 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 15, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen has called for a Commission of Inquiry to look into the incident where the Buddhist extremist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) acted in an unruly manner at a press conference organized by the Jathika Bala Sena (JBS) and incidents against the minorities.

The ACMC has issued a statement urging authorities to enforce the law on everyone equally and appoint a Commission of Inquiry into the incidents against the minorities in general and the Muslim community in particular, during the post-war period.

"The impunity with which they (BBS) were able to get out of the hotel, not only after forcing the organizers to call off the press conference even before it started, but also getting them to tender an apology under duress in the presence of members of the long arm of the law calls into question the uniform applicability of the law to all citizens of the country," Bathiyutheen has said,

"The BBS has, for the last two years, been running amok targeting the minorities in general and the Muslim community in particular, and the failure on the part of the law enforcement authorities to cry a halt to the dastardly behavior of this organization has emboldened its members to intensify their acts even in front of media cameras."

The ACMC Leader has said that the BBS made its public entry with its first strike on the Muslims in the form of raising an issue in relation to halal certification, a process which had been in practice for years.

"Abuses beyond all human norms were hurled at Jamiyathul Ulamah, disregarding the fact that it was the supreme religious body of the Muslims in this country and that the virulent attack on it will hurt the susceptibilities of the Muslims," the Minister noted.

"A question that cries out for an answer here is whether the BBS is running a parallel government like that of the LTTE during its existence to strike any place at any time with ease without a question from the power that be and go scot free," Bathiyutheen has added.

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