The court yesterday issued orders preventing the Bodu Bala Sena and Its Secretary Gnnasara Thero entering Batticaloa and especially into Mangalaramaya. Police blocked all paths leading to Mangalaramaya. Great tension was caused in Batticaloa town because Sumanarathne Thero’s violent repose to Police blockade. Gnnasara thero and 5 bus loads of Sinhala People were stope at the border of Batticaloa and Ollonnaruwa.
Both the Bikkus had planned to hold a religious and race hatred rally in Batticaloa. Riot squad had to be called in to quell the confrontation between Police and the cohorts of the Bikkus.Although Sumanarathne returned to the vihare, Gnnasara is reported to be staying at the barrier.
The EPC CM had already warned the police about their rally could cause race and religious confrontations and the police approached the court and obtained the order. Being raged by the blockades all around Managalaramaya, Sumanarathne got up on the barrier and engaged in altercation with the police. Sometime later he withdrew to the vihare and came back with a crowd of Sinhala people to break the blockade. At this time Tamil youth who had come there shouted for the arrest of the Thero.
The STF was brought in, after which some order was restored. transport were resumed in the night.