18 September, 2021

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CID Questions Gnanasara And Dayarathana

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.

Dayarathana

Dayarathana | File photo

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.

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    This questioning is just for local and international media and will take the rout of all the other questioning and inquiries that the govt has undertaken.

    Remember a “Police State” is not when Police take over a state but when Politicians take over the Police. Sadly that’s where we are.

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      You are right. This is just an act to convince the international community, that the rajapaksa’s are trying to get justice for the minority. If indeed the dishonorable Secretary of Defense is involved with Buddhist extremists and terrorists, there is no chance, this will lead to arrests and justice.

      WHo the heck do they think they are fooling? Only themselves.

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        Manel

        “WHo the heck do they think they are fooling?”

        Sinhala/Buddhists of course.

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          Really, Can you please elaborate? How could CID questioning of two Buddhist monks be considered as an attempt to fool Sinhala/Buddhists not the minority muslims or in fact the government’s own Minister of Justice.

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            Liyanage, you comment itself is proof enough that you have been fooled ! Do you think after all these incidents and lastly the speech in Aluthgama is not reason enough to arrest these despicable monk(s)?

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              Kamal

              “arrest these despicable monk(s)”

              Despicable is all right, monks?

              They are despicable ethno religious saffron clad thugs.

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                @Native vedda, how do you propose to arrest these low class thugs when their boss (Goat Rajapukka) is running free. Can you please explain that to us kindly?

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                  Tamil from the north

                  “how do you propose to arrest these low class thugs when their boss (Goat Rajapukka) is running free.”

                  The entire project didn’t start with Gota nor would it end with him. Until we address the structural issues which failed us so badly in the past we are condemned to suffer for generations to come. Being an optimist I believe the next generation or two would be better able to deal with Sinhala/Buddhist fundamentalism. Hopefully they would be living in an increasingly connected, interdependent and globalised world.

                  I am happy to say that we won’t be alive to see those positive changes gradually taking place. Therefore please don’t plan to extend your presence on this earth one minute more than necessary.

                  There is also a possibility that Hindi being used as the business language and later the official language of this island. As far as Hindia is concerned, Sri Lanka is the Sinhala state of Hindia.

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              Kamal,

              You have not read my question. I have not stated that they should not be arrested. But I find it difficult to believe that the questioning of two Buddhist monks (I am also of the opinion that they are not Buddhist monks, but at least in the eyes of the majority I think they are) by the CID can be portrayed as “fooling Sinhala/Buddhists”. I would have thought that this is just an attempt to please the muslim minority.

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            Because the most harm suffered by this incident are the Sinhala Buddhist. At least the international community that follows SL for politics, business or tourism has put the Sinhala Buddhist on the same footing as Jidahists and this label is not going to come off easy.

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              So nice of you to be concerned about the Sinhalese and their pristine reputation, but normally the victims of racial attacks are the minority, in this case the Muslims. They have had their places of worship attacked, homes attacked and looted, as well as their businesses looted and burnt.
              You are worried how the Sinhalese look abroad, we are worried about the safety and security of the minorities right here, where we live. Get real.

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            Creation of Buddhist extremism and its sponsors
            against Muslims is the best proof that Muslims
            can not be fooled in any other way than
            unleashing terror.Who else then are they trying
            to fool?

      • 4
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        External affairs to internal ones they have no brains to react properly. MR himself has been a laughingstock not only to locals but entire world today. His politics is like running his family…

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          only way out to current problems would be – army coup…

          heroic army please react… drive the bunch of thugs away from the administration and leberate the country frome these rascals.
          No matter even some have to sacrifice their lives, but all what need is peace.. sustainable peace for every srilankens.
          [Edited out] Rajapakshes have ruined the country to this day – Enough is enough that is what my aged father murmured last night. He is now in late 80ties. He was a strong supporter to SLFP during the days of Mrs B. He also respected CP and many on the left. Today he says, he is fed up seeing things not moving to positivity.

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        Manel,

        Rajapakses have not only fooled themselves, but also have mede the Sinhala Buddhist community as well as the Buddhist Monks.

        Today Rajapakses have become the Laughing stock in the world.

        Every word they say and every drama they play are making their foolishness reveal to the world.

        Today Pres.Rajapakse increased his allowance by another 350 million rupees to Nine Billion Rupees….

        “Accordingly, the total expenditure for the President this year has risen to Rs.8,915,634,210. The additional allocation is revealed in the mid year report issues by the Ministry of Finance.”

        As such, the daily expenses of the President which was Rs.23,477,178 goes up to Rs. 24,426,395.

        http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7213:presidents-expenses-go-up-by-rs350-million-&catid=87:other-stories

        Here’s how the Banks could go broke….

        http://www.adaderana.lk/bizenglish/list-of-government-institutions-indebted-to-banks/

        COLOMBO, July 2 Wed Jul 2, 2014 12:39pm IST
        (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s tax revenue has fallen more than 15 percent from its target in the first four months of the year but it can still achieve its 2014 budget deficit target of 5.2 percent of GDP, the finance ministry said on Wednesday.

        The crab is playing when the water getting boiled.

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          Thanks for that very interesting information. I suppose the Rajapaksa’s know they are the laughing and lying stock in the world, but as long as our people are stupid enough to believe their propaganda and lies, and the constant claims that the Western world is out to get us, they will keep voting and supporting these clowns.

    • 5
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      CID releases Gandasara and still keep Vijitha thero in remand.
      $#@%^^^%$$&*()_@#!!

      we are all helpless, but one day karma will haunt you brothers for these crimes.

      ” Watareka Vijitha thera further remanded

      July 02 (DM) Ven. Watareka Vijitha thera, who was in the remand custody for making a false statement and misleading the police, was further remanded till July 7 by the Panadura Magistrate today. The order was given when Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) informed the court that the investigation into the incident has not been finalized yet. “

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        Sumith

        The monks who teach you Karma,don’t believe in
        what they preach you and if you don’t open your
        eyes at least now,you never see the sun.I mean
        if they believe in it,why are they in the centre
        of terror for centuries?

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      All

      So there is no True Sinhala Buddhist who can take care of this Mara in the Land of native Veddah Aethho/?

  • 7
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    Antics of Mr Gnasara .

    “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDD5lKni7Qk “

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=sDD5lKni7Qk

      Sorry what you have is for copy and paste. I have posted a direct link to the same video. All you have to do is double click on it.

      By the way, this video is nothing new. A lot has flowed under the bridge since this take, and has been ‘on air’ for quite some time.

      Anyway, your concern for the erosion of decency, and the rise of terror, all happening in your name and in the name of your religion is highly regrettable. We stand with you in solidarity and express our deep concern towards this debacle.

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        Marwan ,

        Thanks , by mistake i have inserted quotation marks (” ” ) on the link , yes i know it is an old clip but there is an interesting revelation , the driver or some one said ,” we are on our way back after meeting defense secretary ” or some thing similar to that nature .

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      Even Gorillas are tamed today by injecting sedatives but why did the srilanken police fail to inject them if they cant control over the gorilla Ghanasara ? THis is what I raise not once thousands times when I get to see this kind of thirisannu being promoted by the Rajapakshe regime

  • 7
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    Vatarekha Vijitha thero and the BBS GAG are the metaphor of Buddhism DESTROYED and BETRAYED in Sri Lanka today.

    Politicization, Militarization and Empty Buddhist ritual cover up and mask the absence of practice of what the Buddha Taught. Sri Lankan “Buddhism” is an international JOKE today and an insult to the Buddha!

    Time for Sobith Thero to take the lead in cleaning up and reforming the The Buddhist Sangha establishment which is corrupt and over fed and greedy and politicized and MILITARIZED. After that he can run as joint opposition candidate for President. Now he needs to put his own Buddhist house in order, As it is said render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto god the things that are gods.
    Extreme politicization and militarization of Buddhism that has destroyed Buddhist culture and practice from within the the cause of the social malaise.

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      Does the Mahanayake’s have any responsibility towards the religion and its followers or is it just a title with perks like the politicians of Sri Lanka.
      What is happening to Buddhism is a crying shame.

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        One of the intention of creation of BBS by MaRa is to sideline Mahanayake’s. It is happening. Slowly Mahanayake loosing ground and BBS gaining control.

        MaRa will also sideline JHU with BBS. JHU will loose it’s position of radical buddhist organisation. It will be taken over by BBS. CHampika, sadly would not know what hit JHU though he is shouting on behalf of BBS.

        Other plan from BBS for MaRa is create issues with muslims and whole country talk about BBS & Muslims while the cost of living, rise essential item prices are all forgotten.

        All going well for Rajapakse family except Karma comes to bite back.

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        Buddhism is not a faith, it is a way of life. Buddha was a great man with amazing qualities. But when did he ever claim to be God? He simply walked away from all the comforts of being a Prince, that does not make him God. Tomorrow Bill Gates will also have followers and 3000 years later, we will have GATESISM as a faith. Some of the Buddhist fanatics are going to get their knickers in a knot now. Sit down before you make a fool out of yourselves. Where is Sumanasekera, JimSofty, David Blacker, Fat shit ma Fuk-u-Shima and all other clowns. I miss these circus clowns.

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          Tamil from the north

          “Buddhism is not a faith, it is a way of life.”

          I agree with you.

          However Sinhala/Buddhism has become a faith, a parochial political force, a lethal cocktail of language and religion blended in majoritarian myth. It has reached a stage where fascistic theocracy demands supremacy over democracy.

          Until the Sinhala people find a way to separate their language from religion there is no end to saffron clad atrocities. Nor would there be any peace.

          Sumanasekera, JimSofty, and Fat shit ma Fuk-u-Shima are very much alive and kicking.

          I miss David Blacker. He had great potential to become the head of Sturmabteilung (Storm troopers) or Gestapo (Geheime Staatspolizei) the Secret State Police.

  • 12
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    Another drama being produced. produced by MR. script writing by GR. lets wait and see who betrays whom

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    My question is when are they going to take him to find hidden Arms.

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      What a Lapati question? If I gave you arms, why would I ask you find it from a hidden place?

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        Ok, if you don’t like my question, I will rephrase the question this way.

        “When are they going to take Nanasara to teach how to Swim with hand cuffs”

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          Don’t hold your breath, Lapatiya. That will never happen. Let me explain the reasons.

          1. Assuming he was in fact a product of the Defence Secretary then he is untouchable. He will never be charged until such time a change of government occurs and that government is not made up of extreme factions such as JHU.

          2. If he has Norway connections as claimed by the NFF leader again he won’t be charged even if the government has a genuine desire to do so. Why? Because BBS claim that they stand for the majority, Sinhala/Buddhists and so are the Rajapaksas. Any attempt to undermine the BBS agenda will be viewed as being detrimental to their vote base. There are more 74% Sinhalese and more than 70% Buddhists. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to win the elections on this island. Otherwise, why would you think a statesman such as the former executive president J R Jayawardena would make a comment such as “If I starve out Tamils, Sinhalese will be happy”.

          According to William J Durant, “It may be true that you can’t fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.”
          Then, I guess there is no reason why a tiny island with 65 thousand square kilometres cannot be ruled in the same manner.

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    What is going on with is a drama for local and international consumption. Some of the locals may buy it, but the international monitoring community will know the trickery behind these ploys. The stage is being set to portray the BBS as being innocent and clear of any wrong doing, and blame it on ‘imaginary’ Muslim extremists and their leaders Rauff Hakim and Azath Salley to be the instigators. The CID officers are probably too scared to ‘rock the boat’ else they get earmarked for transfers, like the Badulla OIC, who received a transfer for obtaining a Court Order to prevent BBS rally in Badulla fearing violence, and the acid attack on a Mawanella Police guard post.

    They (BBS thugs) have virtually paralyzed SL society through instilling fear and threats of violence if anyone speaks against them. Gandassara in his last press conference is openly isolating MR and GR as being the only government members who don’t question his actions, and fires a warning to others that in other words, ‘either you are with us, or with the enemy’. – words infamously first spoken by George W. Bush.

    It is heartening to note that a lot of Sinhala Buddhist people don’t put up with this type of nonsense, and are fighting back. Most have long standing friendship and understanding of Muslims and their lifestyles. They understand that a major part of them are practicing Muslims and not just Muslims by name, where religion and friendship both go hand in hand. The unfounded fears of BBS is based on what is going on in other Muslim countries where there are uprisings and upheavals caused by Muslims who are the main actors. This fear fomenting is purely a case of misguidance towards misplaced mistrust, and most ordinary people know better. Muslims in SL are more disciplined and as a rule, never go above the law.

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    Look at the picture.

    Look at how Akmeemana Dayarathana, another of the saffron robed thugs of BBS, is belittling the high ranking police officer to the amusement of the other monks.

    Sadly the police has become the butt end of jokes for many of Gotabhaya’s bully boys.

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    CID questioning of GAG is an eyewash because statements made by this element to the media today is nothing but Hate Speech. Police Department, Politicians, Christianity & Islam were criticized.
    Will he be arrested? No way……..He is innocent and harmless.
    The Media Personnel will be arrested for instigating this buffoon to make the hate speech.
    Reminds me of the now MR banned baila beat song (Ey Rate Minissu, Karanne Thanikara Pissu – The people in that country, are doing crazy/lunatical antics).

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    This is the time for the President and the Secretary of Defense to prove to the entire country and to the world that their motives are honest and they would charge Gnanasara and Ravana Balaya. Lets see what happens if this is a honest investigation or a DRAMA.

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    Disgrace for Buddhism. Joker Gnanasara wants Srilanka to be a strong Buddhist country, this clown is destroying Buddhism .So many are fed up already. Pope is coming soon to Srilanka with the invitation of the first lady who is a catholic. Hope these monsters will not create another trouble. God bless Srilanka.

  • 2
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    This investigationa and interview should be done by TID ( terrorist investigation department)

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    Gota and the cops,

    Leave them alone now since you cannot find the weapons of mass destruction.

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    MR and GR have opened the Pandora’s Box of Religous Extremism. It will take some doing to capture and control the evil released. See what happened in Pakistan.

    In any case they are more concerned about winning elections and hanging on to power than protecting the minorities. Only pressure from the UN and OIC will have any effect.

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    Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, if he is, as he says is a practicing Buddhist, he should stop supporting or associating this man everyone now calls GANDSSARA, as he is not a real Buddhist monk. Buddhist monks never use so foul language and still demand from the Police Officers to respect the YELLOW ROBE he is wearing.

    As GR is the main benefactor of GAG aka GANDASSARA to throw Mahinda out, will not allow the CID officers to question him as they want or GAG aka GANDASSARA will overpower the officers as he is using GR’s powers. If the Sri Lankan Buddhist this includes the Police officers allow GANDASSARA to behave like this the Pure Therawada Buddhist will be the losers. As a Buddhist I am at a lost to understand how GANDASSARA can speak to humans in such foul language.

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    What a joke what more the CID needs in terms of proof. Not only these criminals boastfully implicated themselves but also have put out a challenge to dare and arrest them.
    It should be in the sentencing stage by now of them having committed arson and inducing murder. Buddhism will be automatically safeguarded if it can be redeemed from the clutches of bloodthirsty MaRas and Monks.
    What might be needed is nothing short of a revolution to salvage the country.

  • 0
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    It will be nothing but another white wash!

    Sengodan. M

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    Wonderful!!!!

    It is so nice to see the Rt Hon Dr DJ former chairman of the Intergovernmental working Group of the Effective implementation of the UN Durban Declaration and programme of Action against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia, to have recognized Gnanasaara’s speech in Aluthgama and on earlier occasions as constituting incitement.

    It must have been a very difficult task to accomplish this recognition and it is going to be very entertaining watching this former chairman lock horns with the racists whom he has been advising on how to best implement their racism without going the Japanese way.

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    The True fact is “Buddhist is a peaceful religion and SL is democratic country”

    BBS is created by Govt to protect Buddhist religion, nothing else.

    So All People of SL have the rights to support BBS

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      ” BBS is created by Govt. to protect…. “

      Many comments have appeared which blamed Gotabhaya as the patron of the BBS, and he has vigorously denied it. Others have claimed that the BBS was funded by Norway and USA, even though the US has cancelled Gnanasara thera’s visa recently. He has obviously been abroad and has met with LTTE personnel in foreign lands. Where lies the truth ?

  • 2
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    I am sure CID & Gandasara must have had a session of carom game, little bit of liquor and Deviled beef. no questioning no action. Just trying to fool the public.

  • 2
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    Its very simple. Just look at the speech he made. Its not rocket science! Yet he is not taken into custody. This guy drives in a Montero which is fully tinted….atleast fine him for that!!!!

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    It is unfair to bully these monks, who are trying to save their religion, that’s all.

    Aluthgama incident was very small (only 4 people died), compared to violelents happening daily all over the Muslim countries.

    And also Police could not find single evident against BBS.

    Muslim ministers talk big to fool people to get votes, if they were genuine they would have left Govt by this time. This Proves that all these Aluthgama were total lies.

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    In the photot, the 2 theros and the policeman are FAT, the rest of the people (general public) are THIN. This is not by default. This is by design.

    Isn’t that proof enough of this drama to fool the nation. While we talk about manually invented ethnic strife’s all the teething problems effecting the masses are put under the carpet.

    How many Lankans know that we are heading towards are debt trap already 2 key warnings has been issued by international organizations. what will be MRGov response? higher taxes on basic commodities, increased COL.

    Nail in the coffin will be if OIC decides to restrict visa regulation to Lankan Manpower.

  • 2
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    Mahinda & crew shadow dancing has taken us down,we the majority pay for foolish acts and shadow boxing

    10 years ago we were a once proud nation,today as rajapakse does not know or have brain (as against short term thinking) or shame,we lankans are all in the dog house.

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    According to a report on another website, Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara Thero was not interrogated by the CID in the usual fashion; he was only interviewed and in a very courteous manner too, with the police tendering profuse apologies for inconveniencing him. He was also allowed to pick the day and time for visiting the CID office to suit his busy schedule.

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    Look at the photo.. the Monk seem to have taken the UNIFORMED officer as a joke.. Well the Officers do need this, for being spectators when it came to attacks which they could have stopped. They could of been impartial EVEN if they had to resign from the Police Force..so its true when they say..”A picture is worth a thousand words”

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