Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has reportedly instructed the IGP to assign a CID Police team to investigate the act of damaging several Buddha statues in the Mawanella area.
Informed government sources said the Prime Minister also instructed the Police chief to take stern action against those responsible for the incident.
Police have so far arrested nine suspects over the incident and further investigations are still underway.
President Maithripala Sirisena, who is currently on a personal holiday overseas, has telephoned UNP Chairman Minister Kabir Hashim and asked about the incident.
Meanwhile, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), issuing a statement, strongly condemned the act of religious blasphemy that occurred recently in the Mawanella Area.
“The ACJU considers this act of damaging of the Buddha statue, which is worshipped by the majority Buddhists living in this country, as a deed of damaging the mutual understanding and reconciliation among the communities. The ACJU hereby reiterates humiliating other religions by damaging the religious icons of worship is against the teachings of Islam,” Ash-Shaikh M.M.A. Mubarak, General Secretary of the ACJU, said in the statement.
The statement also added,”These types of misdeeds may result in creating unnecessary commotions in the country, where the Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims are living together in unity and reconciliation.
Therefore, the ACJU requests the authorities to take legal action against the offenders whoever they are and implement justice, and the ACJU also requests His Excellency the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Inspector General of Police to take the necessary measures to maintain law and order at this situation, not allowing any evil opportunists taking the law into their hands.”
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