Just a day after the violent mob attacks on mosques and ordinary Muslim citizens in the North Western Province, a forage has emerged showing a Buddhist monk entering a Muslim-owned shop in Padiyathalawa and chasing out Sinhala customers. The monk has also threatened the shop owner.
“This is what happened in my shop today. There were two customers in my shop looking to buy things and I was showing them what they wanted. Suddenly one monk and another person came into the shop. The other guy looked decent and stood behind the monk,” the victimised shop owner said.
He said:”The monk asked ‘mudalali ko, mudalali ko’ (where is the owner?). My cousin stood behind them.
“The monk saw the two customers in the shop and asked them ‘ogollo monatada aawey? Ai oyala methana inney?’ (Why have your’ll come here?).
“They replied they have come to buy skirts and other things. The monk said ‘You should not buy things in the shops of these people. Go, go home. Don’t you have any shame even after telling so much? Here see, in their Quran it says, Allah created all lives and will give everyone their food & provisions, so then why these people have come to our country and eating from our Sinhala people. Their Allah will give them food, you should not buy anything from their shops. you go home’.
“And he chased away the customers and went behind them to the entrance. It’s recorded in my CCTV camera.
“Then he came back to me and asked who’s shop this is. I said it’s mine. He told me from now onwards I should not be in Padiyathalawa. ‘You are good people, I don’t have any anger on you, but if you stay in this Padiyathalawa running your business here from now onward, there will be big problems. In your Quran it says that, that means you are believing a lie. Why are you believing a false religion?’
“I did not reply to him. I was just silently listening. He tapped on my shoulder and told me to pack all my things, close my business and go to my hometown. Then he said something in filth and left.
“This was not only to my shop. He has gone to many other muslim owned shops in the area. This is the situation in Padiyathalawa now.”
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