BBS responds to Rishad’s wife’s claim
The Media unit of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has written to Ayesha Rishad, wife of MP Rishad Bathiudeen, regarding a letter she recently sent to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The BBS has responded to the remarks made by her about General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera.
The letter states that Ayesha Rishad has mentioned certain matters, in her letter to the President, saying they are in the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Easter Sunday bombings, but they are not actually in the report.
The letter sent by the BBS further states that at least the person who wrote the letter (Ayesha’s letter) should have read the PCoI report if they were hoping to launch a political struggle for the release of Bathiudeen, who is currently in custody on suspicion of facilitating the bombers who launched the Easter Sunday bombings. The letter states that although Ayesha Rishad mentioned, in her letter to the President, that Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera and his activities were one of the main reasons for the Easter Sunday attack, such a thing is not mentioned anywhere in the report of the PCoI.”It is an insult to PCoI,” it added.
The PCoI’s report mentions several matters pertaining to the extremist activities of the Tablighi Jamaat, Ihwan Muslim, Jamaat - e - Islam and Tawheed groups in Sri Lanka. The BBS and Ven. Gnanasara T hera were repeatedly pointing out that incidents such as the bombings on Easter Sunday may occur, before the attack, it also mentioned. “In that background, has your husband taken any action to curb the extremism that has built up in the country? What he did was to create the conditions in the country for Zaharan to grow freely, boasting that there was no Islamist extremism, the letter further stated. (BGS