Just a few hours after three UN experts called upon the Government of Sri Lanka to implement swift measures to bring perpetrators of the recent anti-Muslim violence to justice, General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagoda Attte Gnanasara – whose speech is widely considered the catalyst that led to the brutal violence in Aluthgama – has been questioned by the Crime Investigation Division (CID) this afternoon.
The CID inquiry takes place after a challenge made by Gnanasara to the law enforcement authorities during a media briefing yesterday to prove that he or the BBS was involved in the brutal violence that erupted in Aluthgama and later spilled over to Beruwala and few other parts of the country resulting in four deaths.
Despite Gnanasara’s repeated rejection concerning his role in the recent anti-Muslim violence, a majority in the public sphere hold him directly responsible for inciting racial hatred. This fact was illustrated clearly by former diplomat and political analyst Dayan Jayatilleka, in his piece published in Colombo Telegraph today.
The Police had stated that as investigations proceed, statements will be obtained from all the speakers who made statements at the BBS rally on June 15. Akmeemana Dayarathana – a radical monk and President of Sinhala Ravaya (another hardline organisation) had also been questioned by the CID.
“However, delivery of justice at the end of the investigations remains a faint hope as clear links between the BBS and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa have surfaced.” an observer told Colombo Telegraph. Former Ravaya editor Victor Ivan writing in last week’s Ravaya edition had written extensively on the facts that indicate clear connections between Gotabaya and the BBS; a fact that was further proven by the outright lies uttered by Gotabaya during his interview with Daily Mirror on the Aluthgama violence and BBS’ role in it.