Update: Police use water cannons to disperse Sinhala Ravaya members who entered Kooragala disregarding Court orders
Police used water cannons today to disperse a group of Sinhala Ravaya members who staged a demonstration in the Kuragala Archaeological site.
Police media spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara stated that this actionwas taken to maintain peace and order in the area.
However, the convener of the Sinhala Ravaya Organization Venerable Maagal-kande Sudantha Thera stated that a group of police officers in civvies fired them with water cannons.
Police media spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara told our news team that police used minimum force to disperse the demonstrators, since Balangoda Magistrate court had issued an injunction ordering not to stage the demonstration.
Residents of Kuragala area states that the demonstrators attempted to create division among them, when the locals have been living peacefully for a long period of time.
While attending a media briefing held at the Department of Government Information today, Director General of the Department of Archaeology Senarath Dissanayake stated that excavations in Kuragala Archaeological site are conducted with precision.
In addition, the Director General of Archaeology department added that if there is a necessity to remove the mosque due to excavations, they have already obtained the approval to relocate the mosque to an alternate location.
Update : Saturday, 04 April 2015 - 18.21 ----------------------------------------------- Kuragala conflict at its peak Police used water cannon to disperse ‘Sinhala Ravaya’ protesters who entered Kuragala sacred site in Balangoda, reportedly.