Video : Update : We will not pay a cent nor will we apologize - says Bodhu Bala Sena
Industries and Commerce Minister Rishard Badurdeen has sent a letter of demand to the Bodu Bala Sena Organization asking them to pay 500 million rupees in compensation.
The minister in his letter of demand said that allegations made by the Bodu Bala Sena Organization regarding the resettlement of Muslim families in Wilpattu is defamatory.
He told journalists during a media conference held in Colombo today that if BBS fails to pay the damage within two weeks he is ready to take legal action against the organization.
He also said that he will resign from his ministerial portfolio if the BBS proves the charges.
Our news team contacted General Secretary of the BBS Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera to comment on Minister Badurdeen’s letter of demand and the Thera said that his organization will neither apologize to the minister nor pay him any damage.
However our Puttalam correspondent said that the jungle was cleared in Mollikulama area of the North of Wilpattu National Park and 300 families are already settled in makeshift tents.
When our news team contacted Wildlife and Forest Conversation Minister Vijith Vijithamuni Soyza to comment on the issue, the minister said that according to his inspection, he admitted that a mistake may have occurred.
Update : Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 7:17
------------------------------------ A Minister demands 500 million from the Bodhu Bala Sena Organization
Industries and Commerce Minister Rishard Badudin says that the charges leveled against him by the Bodu Bala Sena Organization over the resettled Muslims in Wilpattu are false.
He said that he has demanded 500 million rupees in damages from the organization as its statement over the issue is defamatory to his name.
However Minister Rishard Badu Udin replied to the allegations made against him by the Bodu Bala Sena Organization during a recent media briefing.
Two days after the Minister’s reply, the Bodu Bala Sena Organization replied again to the Minister’s explanation during a media briefing held in Colombo.
Minister Badu Udin again convened a media briefing in Colombo today to reply to the Bodu Bala Sena Organization.
He told journalists that if BBS fails to pay the damage within two weeks, he is ready to take legal action against the organization.