The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagoda Atte Gnanasara who was arrested by the Police Organised Crimes Division (POCD) was released on bail by the Colombo Additional Magistrate today.
He was arrested this afternoon by the POCD on charges of obstructing police officers from exercising their duties during an incident in 2014 at the Nippon Hotel, when he forcefully entered a press conference organised by several Buddhists monks and Muslims and demanded monks to leave the press conference.
Gnanasara didn’t even have to wait an hour under arrest, and received the bail within an hour of his arrest.
Earlier today, Gnanasara was released on bail and an arrest warrant issued by the Fort Magistrate was cancelled after he surrendered to the courts over a contempt of court case.
Gnanasara is yet to be arrested by the police over charges of inciting racism and creating religious disharmony. The warrant was issued on May 25. Police earlier said that they couldn’t arrest him as he was in hiding.