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Easter report recommendations: Ban us, but also implement rest of report: BBS 

  • Welcomes recommendations to ban Wahhabism/Thowheed 

 

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) would not mind being banned as recommended by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Easter Sunday attacks, so long as it ensures the other recommendations of the PCoI are similarly implemented. 

“We would be more than happy to be banned, as long as the rest of the recommendations in the report are implemented properly,” the BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero said when contacted by The Morning yesterday (24). 

He also noted that the BBS should be provided with reasons as to why they should be banned. 

“We haven’t committed any crime, we only raised our voice,” he claimed. 

The PCoI final report on the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings noted that the BBS had caused racial/ethnic and religious disturbances and the Commission also assigned blame to the BBS for having contributed to incidents of public unrest and the disturbance of the social order. 

However, Gnanasara Thero expressed the BBS’ satisfaction on the PCoI’s recommendation to also ban Wahhabism, the Islamic State (IS), the Sri Lanka Jamaat/h-e-Islami (SLJI), SLJI Students Movement (SLJISM) and all Thowheed groups. 

The monk further added that they were not surprised by these recommendations and that the movement would be more than happy if the PCoI recommendations would be considered seriously. 

“We fought against some of the teachings in the Quran. These teachings are like cancer for certain countries. Some of the countries protested against the Quran and asked to ban it. In 1915, the Sinhalese-Muslim riots was a widespread and prolonged ethnic riot between Sinhalese Buddhists and the Ceylon Moors and following the brutal suppression of it by the British colonial authorities, Sinhalese Buddhists were the ones who got punished,“ he alleged. 

The PCoI in its final report had claimed that the basis of Islamist extremism is the Thowheed ideology and Wahhabism. The PCoI had also recommended that the Attorney General (AG) should decide on filing legal action under the criminal law against Abdul Razik over his claims that the triple gem in Buddhism was three gemstones and that Buddha has consumed human flesh. The PCoI had further recommended that the AG should decide on charging Gnanasara under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Act in connection with two speeches he had made including one in Aluthgama.