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Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero (Sinhala: පූජ්‍ය ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමි) is the Secretary General of Bodu Bala Sena, a Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist organisation.[1][2] He was born in Galagodaaththa in the southern district of Galle.


Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero
පූජ්‍ය ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමි
Personal
Born
Galagodaaththa, Sri Lanka
ReligionBuddhism
NationalitySri Lankan
Notable work(s)Bodu_Bala_Sena
Alma materWathuravila Aranya Senasanaya
Sarananda Piriwena
Vidyodaya University
University of Kelaniya

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara was educated at Wathuravila Aranya Senasanaya in Galle, before moving to Sarananda Piriwena in Anuradhapura and Vidyodaya University in Colombo. He studied Buddhism (BA, MBA) at Kelaniya University. He worked as a principal at Kalapaluwaw Piriwena.[clarification needed][citation needed]

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]

Gnanasara was convicted of being in contempt of court, but was released on 23 May 2019 after having been given a Presidential pardon.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  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 Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero 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 Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero 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.
  4. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44479610
  5. ^ [Sri Lanka's hardline Buddhist monk walks out of jail after pardon Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-s-hardline-buddhist-monk-walks-out-of-jail-after-pardon-11560100 "Sri Lanka's hardline Buddhist monk walks out of jail after pardon"] Check |url= value (help). CNA (news channel). 14 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  6. ^ http://www.dailynews.lk/2019/05/24/local/186461/ven-gnanasara-thero-meets-president


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