Invisible hand with political motives behind violence: Prelates

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An invisible hand with political motives is behind the violence reported from the North-Western Province and in Minuwangoda, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and Ven. Ittapane Dhammalankara Mahanayaka Thera told a news conference today.

The Thera said it was clear that some invisible hand had misled the people two days ago. “People acted with restraining after the Easter Sunday’s Bomb blasts. They were calm for about two weeks after the incident on April 21. However the sudden eruption of violence makes it clear that there is an invisible hand misleading the people,” the Thera said and appealed to the people to act with restraint.

The Cardinal said he had information that some local politicians belonging to certain political parties were behind the violence. “We like to tell the leaders of these political parties to control their party members,” he said and added that those who resorted to violence had been even offered liquor.

The two religious leaders said the authorities had failed to heed their request to carry out search operations. “We requested the government to subject all houses to security checks but the government had turned a deaf ear to our plea,” the Cardinal said. He said the weapons used in the two days of violence would have been found if proper search operations were carried out.

The Thera said people should support the security forces to maintain law and order.

“Attacking another person does not make you a hero. This country does not need cardboard heroes,” the Cardinal said.

Referring to security in schools, the Thera said ministers and MPs should visit these institutions and remain there for some time so as to ease the tension among the parents. “If they do this for two or three days, the parents will send their children to schools,” the Thera said.