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Watareka Vijitha thero (File Photo)

Buddhist monk who criticized extremists abducted and beaten

Wed, 18 June 2014 23:08

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(NIDAHASA News) A prominent monk who openly opposed Buddhist extremism was found dumped near a bridge in Panadura with his hands and legs tied.

Watareka Vijitha, who seemed to be abducted and beaten was in critical condition when he was found. He was rushed to the Panadura hospital and later being transferred to Colombo.

Monk was rushed to the hospital in critical condition (Photo: Siri Mahabellana/ Daily Mirror)

Vijitha is the convener of the Jathika Bala Sena (JBS), a organization promoting Buddhist-Muslim harmony. He is also a member of Mahiyanganaya Pradeshiya Sabha. He represents ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

Earlier this year Buddhist Extremists group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) stormed a press conference organized by JBS and harassed Watareka Vijitha in public. Later he was stoned by a extremist gang in Mahiyanganaya.

This incident took place only days after the Sinhala-Muslim clash in Aluthgama and Beruwala, which claimed at least 4 lives. BBS was accused for igniting religious tension in area.

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