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* Sri Lanka police arrest Buddhist monk wanted for attack on Rohingya refugees
Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 06:59 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today arrested a Buddhist monk who was wanted in connection with the last month's attack by a Buddhist monks-led mob on a group of Rohingya refugees who were under the care of the UNHCR at a safe house of the agency in Mount Lavinia.

The Police Media Spokesman, SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that a special police team today arrested the National Coordinator of Sinha Le group, Ven. Arambepola Rathanasara Thera of Purwarama Temple in Kelaniya.

Rathnasara Thera was arrested while traveling in a bus plying from Kandy to Colombo.

The suspect allegedly took part in the attack on the safe house and harassed a group of 31 Rohingya refugees including 17 children on 26th September. He was evading arrest since the incident and the police sought public help to arrest the monk and another suspect.

The other suspect, a former police officer surrendered to the police on 6th October.

The police earlier arrested another prominent Buddhist monk, Ven. Akmeemana Dayarathana Thero and six other suspects including a woman. The Thera was granted bail on 11th October.

 

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