The Bodu Bala Sena organisation yesterday forcibly entered the Ministry of Industries and Commerce, claiming that Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera was hiding in Minister Rishad Bathiudeen’s office. The BBS monks went away after a discussion with Deputy Minister Lakshman Wasantha Perera and Secretary Anura Siriwardena. A Buddhist monk arguing with a police officer prior to the discussion. Pic. Sajith Jayasekera

Wilpattu Park crisis:

Borders identified,

solution in sight?


60 journalists, photographers shown ‘illegal’ settlements outside Willpattu Park

Zacki Jabbar reporting from Wilpattu National Park border

Amidst allegations levelled by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen over illegal settlements within the Wilpattu National Park (WNP) 60 journalists including foreign correspondents on a fact finding mission on Tuesday were shown the ground situation by the authorities in the area .

The crux of the BBS complaint was that Rishad Bathiudeen had helped Northern Muslim residents of Mariakkar Marichikatti,
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