A shopping complex belonging to a Muslim businessman in Dharga town Aluthgama, was torched early last morning by a mob of around 200 people which includes Buddhist monks.
According to reports the mob had torched the shopping complex of the brother of a suspect who had allegedly molested a boy at the complex. But the court released him on bail after watching the CCTV footage of the alleged incident.
Prior to the arson attack monks and a group has staged a massive demonstration outside the complex on Thursday.
The suspect brother was accused of sexual assault and was produced before the Aluthgama magistrates court yesterday after which the arson attack had occurred according to reports.
Initial reports suggest that the mob had planned the attack during a meeting held at the temple.
No suspects have been arrested yet.