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Video : Update : Prelate of Sinhala Ravaya who was arrested, remanded.
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A tense situation erupted in front of the Fort Railway Station after the Sinhala Ravaya protesting monks rejected the letter sent by the President’s Office.

Later three monks of Sihala Ravaya started a fast unto death demanding to stop cattle slaughter in the country.

The Sihala Ravaya launched a sit-in-protest in front of the Fort Railway Station three days ago and demanded an end to cattle slaughter.

They started a march from the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy on the 9th of this month and reached Colombo on last Sunday.

On this occasion while the prelate tried to take into his hand a petrol can which was in the place where he was engaged in the fast, the police prevented it and took the petrol can into its custody.

On this occasion the police arrested a Sinhala Raavaya prelate.

Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the prelate was thus arrested to prevent him from committing suicide since he had attempted it.

The police media spokesman said that the prelate had been remanded till 21st this month after being produced before court.



Update : Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 8:14
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Sihala Ravaya monks start a fast unto death

A tense situation erupted in front of the Fort Railway Station after the Sihala Ravaya protesting monks rejected the letter sent by the President’s Office.

Later three monks of Sihala Ravaya started a fast unto death demanding to stop cattle slaughter in the country.

The Sihala Ravaya launched a sit-in-protest in front of the Fort Railway Station three days ago and demanded an end to cattle slaughter.

They started a march from the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy on the 9th of this month and reached Colombo on last Sunday.

Sihala Ravaya told our news team this morning that they would only stop the protest if a written assurance to bring a new Act with powers to stop cattle slaughter is issued to them.

Accordingly police handed over a letter from the President’s Office with a signatory of an Additional Secretary.

However Sihala Ravaya President Akmeemana Dayarathna Thera rejected the letter.

At the same time, a Sihala Ravaya monk attempted to take a can of petrel. Police prevented the monk of possessing the can of fuel and took him into custody.

Police closed down one lane leading towards Galle Face on Olcott Mawatha. Meanwhile Jayarathna Thera said that one of his fellow monks was arrested by police.

When contacted Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the monk was arrested as he attempted to commit suicide.

Meanwhile Sihala Ravaya member monks Veragoda Sobhitha, Plonnaruwe Seelawimala and Madille Pannaloka Theras have started a fast unto death protest in front of the Fort Railway Station.



 
Update : Tuesday, 18 February 2014 - 07:26
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Sinhala Ravaya request for a written pledge to introduce laws to prevent cattle slaughter.


The Sihala Ravaya Organization says that it needs a written assurance to bring a new Act with powers to stop cattle slaughter in this country.

Organisation President Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera told our news team that Sihala Ravaya has given an ultimatum till this afternoon to issue the assurance.

The Thera also said that Sihala Ravaya will take stiff actions if authorities fail in their duty by the evening.

The Sihala Ravaya launched a sit-in-protest in front of the Fort Railway Station three days ago and demanded an end to cattle slaughter.

They started a march from the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy on the 9th of this month and reached Colombo on last Sunday.

Our news team contacted Archaeological Specialist and MP Ellawala Medananda Thera to comment on the Sihala Ravaya demands.
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