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* Sri Lankan Buddhist organization calls off anti cattle slaughter campaign following Presidential assurance
Thu, Feb 20, 2014, 09:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 20, Colombo: A extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka has called off its anti-cattle slaughter campaign launched on Tuesday after President Mahinda Rajapaksa has intervened in the matter.

The Sinhala Ravaya carried out an anti-cattle slaughter campaign outside the Fort Railway station.

The group held a violent protest Tuesday blocking a busy road in the heart of the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo to urge the authorities to ban cattle slaughter in the island. Three monks of the group started a fast unto death and another monk attempted to self-immolate.

However, the tense campaign was called off last night after President Rajapaksa had assured to take necessary action to address the issue.

The three Buddhist monks who commenced a fast unto death outside the Fort railway station had left the site following the President's assurance.

Demanding a ban on cattle slaughter, a Buddhist monk of the group self-immolated in Kandy last year.

Sinhala Ravaya Leader Ven. Akmeemana Dayarathna Thero told the media that the organization would continue with its action if the issue of cattle slaughter was not resolved in six months.

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