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Tense situation prevailed outside the Homagama Magistrate’s Court

A tense situation has arisen in front of the Homagama Magistrate’s Court as a group of about 200 monks have gathered there in protest over the diction to remand Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera.

Monks representing the BBS, Ravana Balaya, and Sinhala Ravaya have reportdely blocked the road near the court to prevent the prison bus from leaving the premises.

Several police teams and officers attached to the Police Anti Riot Squad have been summoned to the location. A vehicle equipped with water cannon has also arrived a short while ago, reports say.

The Homagama Magistrate’s Court today remanded Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera until 09 February. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera was arrested after he surrendered to the Homagama police, on Tuesday (26) morning.

A warrant had been issued for the arrest of Gnanasara Thera, yesterday, on the charges of allegedly threatening Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, at the court premises