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Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara is the Secretary General of Bodu Bala Sena, a Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist organisation.[1][2]

In June 2017, the Police Organized Crimes Prevention Division arrested Gnanasara on allegations of obstructing a police officer in Welikada, following a multi-week manhunt. He was arrested after appearing at a police station to give a statement, and later released on bail.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Arrest Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara – Homagama Magistrate orders". Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b Dibbert, Taylor (June 28, 2017). "Mounting Religious Violence in Sri Lanka". The Diplomat.
  3. ^ Perera, Yoshitha; Pradeep, Chaturanga (June 21, 2017). "Update: Gnanasara Thera arrested, released". The Daily Mirror. Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was arrested by the Police Organized Crimes Prevention Division a short while ago for allegedly obstructing the duty of a police officer in Welikada. The thera was arrested when he arrived at the division to give a statement this afternoon. He was released on bail after being produced in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.
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