July ’87 Aranthalawa attack: Disabled Bhikku files FR Petition
By Kavindya Perera
Ven. Andaulpatha Buddhasara Thera, who has been permanently disabled since surviving the attack on 32 Buddhist monks in Aranthalawa, Ampara, 33 years ago, filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) Petition at the Supreme Court, yesterday (30), seeking an order, to the Acting IGP, to institute legal action against the LTTE terrorists who were behind the barbaric act.
The petition was filed by the monk, through Attorney-at-Law Moditha Ekanayaka.
Acting IGP Chandana D. Wickremaratna, Director of the State Intelligence Service Suresh Sallay and Attorney General Dappula de Livera have been named as respondents.
The petitioner has said that as a result of the act committed by the LTTE on 2 July 1987, 31 Buddhist monks had been killed in Aranthalawa, Ampara, while scores of civilians had also perished in the attack. The petitioner has stated that most of the LTTE militants, who were behind the committing of that heinous crime, are still among the living. He lamented that to date, no punitive action had been taken against those responsible for carrying out the attack on Buddhist monks and civilians.
Hence, the petitioner has prayed the Supreme Court to issue an order to the respondents, to institute legal action against those behind the act of mass murders committed in the said area, 33 years ago.Ven. Buddhasara Thera has also moved the Court to issue an order to the Government to pay compensation of Rs 20 million to the petitioner, for having flouted his FR through the said act.