The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagoda Atte Gnanasara who surrendered to the Fort Magistrate Courts this morning was released on the previous bail, and the arrest warrant issued against the monk was cancelled.
Last week, the Fort Magistrate issued an arrest warrant against Ganansara after he failed to appear before courts, despite two summons over a contempt of court charge. Incidentally, it was the second arrest warrant issued against the monk within less than a month, the first was issued on May 25, 2017 on charges of inciting racial hatred and for hate speech against the Muslim community.
The police claimed that they had deployed several units to arrest Gnanasara in May, however as he was in hiding they were unable to apprehend him. Both the government and the police have been accused of soft peddling action against Gnanasara and the BBS despite renewing their attacks against the Muslim community in the recent months.