June 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today said the investigations on the alleged abduction and assault of a leading Buddhist monk had revealed that the monk had made false claims and the cut wounds on his body were self-inflicted.
The leader Jathika Bala Sena, Watareka Vijitha Thera, who was found bound and de-robed on the roadside with cut wounds to his body Thursday, claimed that he was abducted by a group of robed men and assaulted before dumping him by the road.
Speaking at a media briefing Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said the Thera has confessed to self-inflicting the cuts during the investigation of his claims carried out by the Colombo Crimes Division.
The police spokesman said suspicions arose during the investigation since he made contradictory statements on the series of events that occurred on the day he claimed he was abducted.
Investigations by the CCD team on the monk’s phone records and CCTV footage had indicated that the monk's statements were contradictory.
Further probing had led to the monk to confess that he inflicted the wounds on himself using a set of keys and blades and got help form a relative to stage the abduction and dumping by the roadside.
The police spokesman said legal action would be taken against the monk for making false claims.