President to meet religious leaders following tensions

Source: Colombo Gazette

Wijeyadasa RajapakshePresident Maithripala Sirisena is to meet religious leaders tomorrow to seek unity among all religions following the recent tensions which arose in some parts of the country.

Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the Ministers in charge of all religions will also attend the meeting.

He said that talks were already held with religious leaders on a lover level and now the discussion will be held on a higher level with the participation of the President.

A large number of people had attempted to enter Batticaloa on Saturday but were prevented from doing so by the Police on a court order.

The mob which called itself the ‘Shasanarakshka Sabha’ included members of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the Sihala Ravaya.

BBS General Secretary Galagodathe Gnanasara thera said that the ‘Shasanarakshka Sabha’ attempted to visit a monk in Batticaloa who had recently staged protests in support of the Sinhalese community.

Galagodathe Gnanasara thera insisted that the ‘Shasanarakshka Sabha’ had no intention of creating disharmony among the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in Batticaloa but only wanted to show their support to the monk.

Security was tightened in Batticaloa over the weekend with the police Special Task Force being deployed to the area.

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