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* Signs of split in Sri Lanka's hardline Buddhist movement
Wed, Jun 18, 2014, 02:28 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 17, Colombo: A major split is reported in Sri Lanka's Buddhist extremist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today as the leader of the organization criticized the organization over recent incidents.

Kirama Wimalajothi Thero, the founding leader of the BBS has resigned from the organization protesting the recent activities of the BBS, Asian Mirror website reported.

However, the monk has not held a press conference, probably due to fear of reprisals from the BBS which deals sternly with dissidents, analysts said.

The BBS was formed by Kirama Wimalajothi Thera and Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero in 2012 with Wimalajothi Thero as the founding leader and Gnanasara Thera as the General Secretary. Kirama Wimalajothi Thero was comparatively silent in the recent past while Gnanasara Thero was vociferous.

Wimalajothi Thera has reportedly told his close associates that he is dissatisfied with the present state of affairs in the organization.

The Thero told a local radio channel that he had not resigned but kept away from the BBS since he was too busy.

However, the Buddhist monk criticized the organizers of the Aluthgama BBS rally after which violence broke out.

A considerable number of Buddhist monks who were earlier with the BBS do not play active roles in the organization as the organization has turned violent is deviating from its "founding" principles, according to the Asian Mirror.

The Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) a research and link aggregator owned by the Beacham group, classified Bodu Bala Sena as a 'terrorist organization' in April 2014.

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