JVP Bhikkhu Front urges Buddhist monks to converge in Kandy

Ven. Dhambara Amila Thero, leader of the National Bhikku Front (NBF) at a media briefing last afternoon at the Abayarama Temple premises at Narahenpita said he doubted whether it was really the Police that had raided the National Bhikkhu Front headquarters at Christie Perera Mawatha yesterday morning. A person calling himself ASP Liyanapathirana had led the operation together with six Constables in uniform minus their identification numbers. Claiming that they were looking for explosives, they had taken away some important documents, including letters addressed to the Maha Sangha regarding the discussions to be held at the Dalada Maligawa on Thursday, called by the Mahanayake Theros of all Nikayas, Ven Amila said.

He said that the Kotahena Police, under whose jurisdiction the NBF Headquarters came, were unaware of the search operation and that the NBF had made a complaint (CIB 1 - 144/148) at the Kotahena Police yesterday. The so-called ASP Liyanapathirane had not even possessed a court order for the search operation, he said.

Ven Amila thero said: "We love our motherland and are fighting for the restoration of true democracy and the protection of human rights in this country. We are there to protect Buddhism and clergy.

The ruling politicians do not seem to care for the advice given by the Mahanayakas of the four Nikayas. We will not look back, but move forward. We will not get scared by politicians and their henchmen, who attempt to frighten us. We are not involved in anything illegal."

He said that the NBF had organised Bodhi Poojas all over the country on Sunday (February 14), but government goons had visited the temples on Friday and Saturday (Feb 12 and 13) and threatened to stop those religious ceremonies. Even some police personnel had visited those temples, but these Bodhi Poojas had been held as scheduled, he said.

"This is a serious threat to Buddhism in this country. Next they will try to get rid of us. They even took me into custody without any reason, making wild accusations. We (NBF) invite the Maha Sangha to come to Kandy on Thursday in their thousands to discuss vital issues with the Mahanayakas and to make important decisions" said Ven. Dhambara Amila Thera.

The others who were associated with Ven. Dhambara Amila Thero, were Ven. Wakkamulle Uditha Thero, Ven. Kalavehegoda Chandraloka Thera, Ven. Lunugamvehere Kalyana Ransi Thero, and Ven. Aludeniye Sumanarathana Thero.

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