Notorious for spewing hate among the Muslim and Sinhalese communities, Dan Priyasad along with three others were arrested today by the police, in connection to the mob attack on the Rohingya refugees at the UN safe house in Mount Lavinia on Tuesday.
A statement from the police headquarters said that a total of six suspects have been arrested including a woman. The four arrested on Saturday were Liyanage Abeyrathne Suresh Priyasad alias Dan, however according to the statement; Priyasad was 51 years although he is believed to be much younger. The other three arrested were; Paneetha Niroshan Deepage, Nawalage Don Chinthaka Sanjeewa and Nanayakkara Godakandha Kankanamlage Gayan Madhushanka Seneviratne.
Incidentally, and despite video evidence, the leader of the Sinhala Ravaya, Akmeemana Dayarathana who led the mob attack at the safe house continues to roam free.
Meanwhile, in a strange turn of events, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) in a statement issued on its Facebook page said that the Rohingya refugees should be dealt with humanity. The BBS said that supporting Myanmar Buddhists, defeating terrorism and protecting the rights of refugees were all different subjects. “We should not mix them without proper understanding and knowledge,” the BBS statement said. The group requested everyone to respect humanity and look through Buddhist perspectives.