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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2965

Sri Lanka - A Buddhist Monk attempted self-immolation over cattle slaughter

Colombo, 25 May, (

A Buddhist monk who attempted self-immolation near the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy was flown to the National Hospital of Sri Lanka yesterday afternoon with third degree burn injuries.

According to Police spokesman SP Buddhika Siriwardna, incident had happened around 11.00 a.m., yesterday, in the presence of thousands of devotees, who had converged for the Vesak Full Moon Poya day.

The Buddhsit monk was identified as Ven.Kahawatte Indrarathana Thera, a former Pelmadulla Pradeshiya Sabha member and Chief Incumbent of the Poranuwa temple tried to self immolate himself near the Wahalkada of the Sri Dalada Temple in Kandy yesterday.

According to available reports, the monk had been protesting against cattle slaughter in the country.. He set himself ablaze close to a Bo tree along the Pansala Road, where the entrance to Mahamaluwa of the Temple of the Tooth is situated.

The monk said that he was setting fire to himself to register his protest on the killing of cattle (cows). He also said that there were others to follow in his footsteps. Doctors at the Kandy hospital said the monk had suffered burn injuries on over 80 per cent of his body.

“The monk was rushed to the Kandy Hospital with burn injuries, and later transferred to the Colombo National Hospital as his condition was critical,” sources said.

- Asian Tribune -

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