Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka police identify 24 suspects in the attack on Christian prayer center
Mon, Jan 13, 2014, 10:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka police have identified 24 suspects in the attack on a Christian prayer center in Hikkaduwa Sunday and eight Buddhist monks are among the suspects.

Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana told media that a list of suspects has been compiled and action will be taken to arrest the suspects and produce in court.

A violent mob led by a group of extremist Buddhist monks and laymen attacked two Christian religious centers in Hikkaduwa yesterday and damaged the property and threatened the residents.

The monk-led mob resisted the police and destroyed the property hurling stones at the two prayer centers. They broke doors, windows and burnt religious signs and books.

The attack was caught on video by media outlets and broadcast in the evening news.

The police spokesman admitted that the police were present but not in sufficient numbers to stop the violence.

The Buddhist monks that led the protest claimed that the administrative authorities had ordered the prayer centers closed but the pastors in charge of the centers said they were registered duly and the eviction order is illegal.

The Hikkaduwa police are conducting further inquiries.

The rising religious intolerance from extremist Buddhist monks-led organizations in Sri Lanka has raised alarms among the moderate public and if authorities fail to take adequate measures to curtail the violence the actions of these extremist groups would have serious consequences, civil society leaders warn.

** Related Story :: Buddhist extremists attack two Christian prayer centers in Sri Lanka\'s tourist city

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Two suspects hacked into Sri Lankan President's website produced in court
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka signs MOU with UN-Habitat to strengthen cooperation
-- [8 hours ago]
Evidence to implicate military intelligence officers in disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda
-- [9 hours ago]
Former Sri Lankan president to attend ICAPP conference in Malaysia
Sri Lanka Ports Authority to probe the fire at the Colombo Port
LTTE leaders paid defense officials of former government and escaped- Sri Lanka FM
India provides Sri Lankan students opportunities to Indian Institutes of Technology
President appoints new SLFP organizers for Ududumbara and Yatinuwara electorates
Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, expects mid-single digit inflation
Sri Lanka aims to double the freshwater prawn production with new hatchery

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.