Oct 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a prominent Buddhist monk, who has led the last month's protest against Rohingya refugees who were under the care of the UNHCR.
The Colombo Crime Division (CCD) of police arrested the President of the Sinhala Ravaya group and former MP Ven. Akmeemana Dayarathana Thero for allegedly harassing a group of 31 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Mount Lavinia on September 26.
The CCD summoned Ven. Akmeemana Dayarathana Thero and National Coordinator of Sinha Le group, Ven. Arambepola Rathanasara Thero to the CCD to give a statement over the incident today.
The CCD also arrested a close friend of the Thero, 40-year-old Raveendra Warnajith Perera, a resident of Nugegoda after he surrendered to the CCD this morning.
The two suspects were remanded until 9th October when they were produced in the Mount Lavinia Magistrate's Court. The suspect Ravindra Warnajith Perera will be produced before an identification parade.
Earlier, the CCD arrested six suspects including a woman in connection with the incident and they were remanded till October 9.
A monks-led mob staging a violent protest stormed a UNHCR safe house where the Rohingya refugees were temporarily housed in Mount Lavinia. Three policemen also received injuries during the attack, the police said.