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* Sri Lankan Buddhist group demands the withdrawal of new police unit for religious issues
Wed, May 7, 2014, 08:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 07, Colombo: A delegation from a Buddhist group in Sri Lanka, Rawana Balaya, has demanded the withdrawal of the special police unit set up at the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs to address religious disputes.

The Rawana Balaya has handed over a letter to the Buddha Sasana Ministry demanding the withdrawal of the special police unit to look into religious disputes before the Wesak Poya Day.

Secretary of the organization, Ven. Ittakande Saddhatissa Thero has requested the Deputy Minister to request the President to withdraw the newly set up police unit since it did not serve a useful purpose.

Responding to the complaints of rising incidents of religious intolerance from extremist Buddhist monk groups towards religious minorities, especially towards Muslims, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently vowed not to allow any individual or an organization to take the law into their hands and create religious discord in the country.

The Rawana Balaya has threatened to move in and occupy the Ministry building if the new police unit was not withdrawn before the Wesak Poya Day.

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