Gnanasara thera preaches Dhamma to prison inmates


By Chaminda Silva and Pradeep Samarakoon

Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera who is serving six-month RI for intimidating Sandya Ekneligoda at a court in 2016, had participated in religious observances and preached dhamma to other inmates, prison sources said yesterday.

Gnanasara Thera is currently in the R Ward of the Welikada prison along with 14 other inmates. He preached dhamma at a meditation programme for the inmates on Saturday night.

He had refused to meet visitors yesterday, too, prison sources said.

It was reported that he had been exempted from hard labour and wearing the prison uniform because his lawyers had filed an appeal against the sentence. However, he had been given the uniform, prison spokesman Thushara Upuldeniya told The Island.

Meanwhile, BBS and Sihala Ravaya organisations conducted a Deva Kannalawwa and smashed coconuts at the Seenigama Devalaya on Saturday protesting against the sentencing of Gnanasara Thera.

Gnanasara thera was found guilty on two counts and sentenced to two six-month terms, to be served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay 50,000 rupees in compensation to Sandya Ekneligoda.

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