Police obtain court order against protest planned by religious leaders

Police obtain court order against protest planned by religious leaders

July 7, 2022   08:07 am

Colombo Fort Police has obtained a court order against a protest demonstration to be staged by a group of Buddhist monks and other religious leaders at Olcott Mawatha today (07).

Police said the Colombo Magistrate’s Court has issued an order preventing a group of Buddhist monks, other religious leaders and their members from entering Olcott Mawatha and obstructing or inconveniencing the public by gathering at any other place in the vicinity of Pettah. 

The Police Headquarters stated that the order has been issued after considering the facts submitted to the Colombo Magistrate’s Court in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure by the Pettah Police OIC regarding a protest that was organized to be held in the Pettah area today (07).

The order has been issued on Convener of ‘Surakimu Sri Lanka’ national movement Ven. Pahiyangala Ananda Sagara Thero, President of the teacher-principal trade union federation Ven. Ulapane Sumangala Thero, the founder of the ‘Bhumi Mathru Manusath Padanama’ Ven. Kalubowila Paduma Thero and other people participating in the protest.

Accordingly, the Colombo Magistrate’s Court has issued an order preventing the relevant persons from entering Olcott Mawatha in the Pettah Police Area or from obstructing the public, vehicle movement and the pavements on both sides of the road in front of the Olcott Mawatha, Bodhi Rukkharama Temple or any other place in the Pettah Police Area.

According to the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code, permission has been given to forward the order to the general public and the police headquarters points out that violating this order is an offense according to the Penal Code.

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