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 Lankan court remands moderate Buddhist monk arrested for making false claims
Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 07:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 25, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the moderate Buddhist monk Watareka Vijitha Thero, who campaigned for religious harmony, for making false claims to the police that he was abducted and attacked.

Colombo Crime Division of Sri Lanka police today arrested the Thero as he was discharged from Colombo National Hospital where he was recuperating supposedly from self-inflicted injuries.

The Thero is accused of lodging a false complaint over the attack on him.

The monk who opposes the extremist Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena made headlines recently when he was found by a roadside in Panadura, beaten and with cuts to his body. The monk claimed the Bodu Bala Sena was responsible for the attack on him.

However, suspicions arose during the police investigation since he had made contradictory statements on the series of events that occurred on the day he claimed he was abducted and the medical officers reported that his injuries were self-inflicted.

Upon further questioning Vijitha Thero admitted that he self-inflicted the injuries and got a relative to drop him by the roadside. Police questioned the relative who transported him to Panadura in his van.

Watareka Vijitha Thero was produced in Panadura Magistrate court today and the Magistrate remanded him until July 02.

Colombo Crime Division (CCD) did not oppose to granting bail to him but the Magistrate remanded him since the reports submitted by the CCD and Bandaragama police were contradictory.

The doctors at the Colombo National Hospital had referred the monk to a psychiatrist.

The monk was reportedly under pressure from the Bodu Bala Sena since he campaigned for religious harmony with Muslims.

He is a ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party member of Mahiyangana Pradeshiya Sabha local government.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka police say assaulted monk\'s wounds self-inflicted, charge with false claims

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka's NDB gets US$ 75 million credit line from PROPARCO and FMO
-- [11 minutes ago]
Missing Persons Commission of Sri Lanka to record statements from military personnel next
-- [33 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka's Yal Devi to resume journey to Jaffna on the 13th after 24 years
-- [1 hour and 46 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka to hand over chairmanship of G15 to Kenya
-- [2 hours ago]
Opposition Leader will be the Presidential candidate from Sri Lanka's main opposition party
Sri Lanka Navy arrests two trying to smuggle 45 kilograms of gold
New Tamil Nadu CM writes to Indian PM to get fishermen's boats back from Sri Lanka
WFP distributes food and cash to drought-stricken communities in Sri Lanka
New Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Bill to be presented in parliament
Sri Lanka to create a mechanism to promote coexistence among communities

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.