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Police looking for two more suspects in attack on Rohingya refugees

Sri Lanka police sought public assistance in arresting two more suspects in connection with the attack on a group of Rohingya refugees who were under the care of the UNHCR at a safe house of the agency in Mount Lavinia.

The suspects are part of a Buddhist monks-led mob that attacked the safe house and harassed a group of 31 Rohingya refugees including 17 children on 26th September.

Police have discovered information relating to the two suspects during the interrogation by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) of the six suspects arrested and remanded over the incident.

According to the information revealed one of the suspects is an interdicted police officer named Prageeth Chanaka Gunathilake of Wadduwa and the other is the National Coordinator of Sinha Le group, Ven. Arambepola Rathanasara Thera of Purwarama Temple in Kelaniya.

The police headquarters said three cases are in trial in the Panadura Magistrate’s Court against the former police constable. Two of the cases are over an attack on a mosque and the other for threatening the Principal of Panadura Balika Vidyalaya

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