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‘Batticaloa Campus established to preach Islamic extremism’

Chairman of the Protect Sri Lanka National Movement, Ven. Pahiyangala Ananda Sagara Thera, alleged that the Batticaloa Campus had been established for the purpose of propagating Islamic Fundamentalism and creating Islamic extremist preachers.

He was speaking at a press conference held at the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Headquarters in Colombo, yesterday.

He urged the authorities to take the necessary steps to affiliate the controversial campus with the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka lest it becomes an ISIS training camp in the future.

The ven. thera condemned the events and said political hands were behind the recent acts of violence in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks.

There are certain political agendas behind these acts and Minister Rishad Bathiudeen was attempting to tell the international media that the riots which took place in several parts of the country on Monday were carried out by Sinhala Buddhists, he added.

“The President and Prime Minister are responsible for the activities that took place during the past few days, and necessary action should be taken to arrest the individuals who are involved in these activities as soon as possible,” the ven. thera said.

He also criticised the set of instructions given to the military by the police with regard to the conduct of search operations at Muslim places of worship.

Meanwhile, Professor Channa Jayasumana pointed out that Rs.14 billion had been provided by Middle-Eastern countries to establish the Batticaloa Campus. “However, a report handed over by Minister M.L.A.M Hizbullah and his son had stated that it had cost only around Rs.7 billion,” Prof. Jayasumana said. The Batticaloa campus had also focused on recruiting students from other countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Malaysia, and Indonesia to teach Islamic extremism, he said.


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