July 02, Colombo: The Criminal Investigations Department of Sri Lanka police today has questioned the leader of the extremist Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero over the hate speech he delivered in Aluthgama earlier this month.
The CEO of Bodu Bala Sena Dilantha Vithanage told media that the CID summoned the Thero to record a statement on the Aluthgama and Beruwala incidents.
The Hardline monk had arrived at the CID today this afternoon and he had been questioned for about three hours, sources said.
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), which has been identified as a terrorist organization by Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC), is accused of instigating the inter-communal violence between the Muslims and Sinhalese Buddhists in Aluthgama and Beruwala earlier this month.
Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero delivered a fiery speech at Aluthgama on June 15 inciting racial hatred and proceeded to Dharga Town to protest the attack on a Buddhist monk by a Muslim youth.
The clashes erupted during the BBS protest soon spread into the Beruwala as well killing four people and injuring scores. Despite a curfew imposed in the area mobs on both sides vandalized properties and set ablaze businesses and mosques.
Sri Lanka's Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Rajitha Senaratne, who is the electoral organizer of Beruwala, urged the police to take stern action against the offenders.
The CID is also to obtain statements from others who made speeches at the Aluthgama meeting, the police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.
Colombo Crime Division of the Crimes Investigation Department and several other police teams are conducting the investigations relating to the adverse incidents.
So far Police have arrested 117 persons in connection with the incidents that took place in Aluthgama, Beruwala and the nearby areas and 88 of them have been presented to the courts.