July 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, whose electorate was engulfed with the recent communal violence, said he had photos of Sinhala Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) meeting with the leaders of Tamil Diaspora in Norway.
Participating in a radio programme at Neth FM Sinhala language radio, Minister Senaratne questioned where the BBS general secretary Gnanasara Thero was during the war.
Dr. Senaratne said that Gnanasara Thero was with UNP MP Ravi Karunanayaka, a Christian during the war and he spent money for the monk to visit Europe to meet Tamil Diaspora leaders.
The Minister further stated that Gnanasara Thero met him after discussions with the Tamil Diaspora and one time Norwegian peace broker Eric Solheim and discussed with him to hold a conference of 1000 Buddhist monks in support of peace and reconciliation.
The Minister, who was enraged by the communal violence in Aluthgama and Beruwala towns in his electorate of Kalutara district while he was on a visit to US and Italy, has ordered the authorities to take stern actions against the instigators of the violence.
The BBS leader, Gnanasara Thero, has threatened to end the political life of ministers who accuse him and march against the Buddhist organizations.