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Court orders arrest of Church attack suspects

2014 Jan 16

church attackThe Galle Additional Magistrate today ordered the police to arrest the suspects involved in the Hikkaduwa church attack, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana told the Colombo Gazette.

The Magistrate also instructed the police to obtain unedited video footage of the incident from the media to assist the investigations.

The police said that 26 suspects had been identified as being involved in the incident and among them are 10 monks.

The ‘Hela Bodu Pawura’ consisting of a group of Buddhist monks led a protest march against the Calvary Free church and Assembly of God (AOG) Church in Hikkaduwa last Sunday and the protest eventually turned violent with the mob attacking both churches.

The ‘Hela Bodu Pawura’ however claimed that the media had distorted what actually took place during the “peaceful protest” against the worship center.

The monks claimed the two worship centers were operating illegally in violation of a police ban and a directive from the Government. (Colombo Gazette)

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