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“Investigate Vandalising Buddha Statutes In North” – Lawyer Files FR

Attorney-at-Law Dharshana Weraduwage has filed a Fundamental Rights Petition seeking an order directing Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka to investigate the recent incidents in the North where Buddha statues were vandalized.

Sagala Ratnayaka – Minister of Law & Order

In the petition, the petition had cited Ratnayaka, Attorney general, Norther province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, Norther Province Governor Reginald Cooray, and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as respondents.

Weraduwage has also through the petition called on the Buddha Sasana Minister to rebuild and restore all statues which has been damaged.

In his petition he has said that the main objective of the petition is to protect and safeguard the Buddha Sasanaya and to take steps to protect Buddhism from all threats including local.

According to the petition several Buddha statues including one in Mankulam was vandalised on August 29. He said this was not an isolated incident because in recent months there have been demands to remove Buddha Statues in the North as well as to stop constructing new shrine rooms in the province.

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