June 23, 2014, 8:32 pm
The police now tell us that Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera’s claim that he was abducted and assaulted by a group of persons in robes recently is false and his injuries are self-inflicted. Legal action will be instituted against him when he leaves hospital, Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana has told the media.
The onus is on the police to prove their allegations against the injured monk. What is of greater interest than the Police Spokesman’s claim, in our view, is a statement attributed to a lawyer retained by Ven. Vijitha Thera that he will not defend the monk if the allegations levelled by the police are true.