The call made by Thawheed Jamaat – the Muslim organisation that Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has accused of spreading Islamic extremism in the country, for Muslim countries to ensure the protection of Sri Lankan Muslims has irked the security establishments in Sri Lanka.
Their calls are made just over a month since the anti-Muslim violence that erupted in Aluthgama and Beruwala as well as several other parts of the country that left three Muslims and one Tamil dead, several more injured and resulting in wide-spread property damage.
Local media reports indicate that the call has been very critically judged by those in the security establishments as a ‘direct call for foreign intervention’.
In a comment to Al-Jazeera, Thawheed Jamaat representatives had stated they no longer wish to rely on the Sri Lankan government to ensure the security of the local Muslim community.
Hardline Buddhist organisations in Sri Lanka have described the Thawheed Jamaat as a group that promotes Islamic fundamentalism as well as promoting derogatory statements on Buddha and Buddhism.
However, they have rejected such allegations and have assured they do not support any kind of terrorism.