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Friday, 20 April 2012 - 19:36
Prime Minister urges calm in Dambulla in face of unrest
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Although the unrest created by the illegal construction on the Dambulla sacred site has dissipated, various parties continue to provide their various views.

A protest was held today in Dambulla due to permission being granted to build non Buddhist structures on the Dambulla Raja Maha Vihara grounds.

The head of the Siam sect of the Rangiri Dambulu chapter, Inamaluwe Sri Sumangala Thero states that approximately 300 acres have been designated by the government as sacred grounds belonging to the Dambulla Raja Maha Vihara.

Inamaluwe Sri Sumangala Thero further stated that no legal right has been granted for the building of any non Buddhist structure on this site.

The head of the Siam sect of the Rangiri Dambulu chapter, Inamaluwe Sri Sumangala Thero further added the following

Meanwhile, the All Island Jamiyathul Ulama Association had forwarded a letter to the president Mahinda Rajapaksa protesting about the incident where a group of people had entered the Dambulla mosque and disturbed the worshippers.

The letter had requested the president to take action regarding the matter as the peace in the region can be at risk due to such actions.

In a press conference called by the UNP to discuss the situation in Dambulla, Parliamentarian Kabir Hashim had stated that the law should be exercised equally.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister and Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs D. M. Jayarathna, states that the problems concerning the Dambulla sacred site should not be allowed to escalate into a religious problem.

He further stated that all parties concerned should not act and behave in a manner which would create additional problems.

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