July 07, Colombo: Colombo Fort Police has obtained a court order against a protest to be staged by a group of religious leaders of all faiths including Buddhist monks at Olcott Mawatha today (07).
Police Media Division said the Colombo Magistrate’s Court has issued an order preventing a group of Buddhist monks, other religious leaders and their members from entering Olcott Mawatha and obstructing or inconveniencing the public by gathering at any other place in the vicinity of Pettah.
The Police Headquarters states that the order has been issued after considering the facts submitted to the Colombo Magistrate’s Court by the OIC of the Pettah Police Station in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure regarding a protest that was organized to be held in the Pettah area today (07).
The order has been issued for Veberable Pahiangala Ananda Sagara Thero, Convener of Surakima Sri Lanka National Movement, Ven. Ulapanane Sungala Thero, President of the Teacher- Principal Union Alliance, Ven. Kalubowila Paduma Thero, Founder of Bhumi Mathru Manusath Foundation, and other people participating in the related protest.
Accordingly, the Colombo Magistrate’s Court has issued an order preventing the relevant persons from entering Olcott Mawatha in the Pettah Police Area or from obstructing the public, vehicle movement and the pavements on both sides of the road in front of the Olcott Mawatha, Bodhi Rukkharama Temple or any other place in the Pettah Police Area.
According to the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code, permission has been given to forward the order to the general public and the police headquarters points out that violating this order is an offense according to the Penal Code.