The “Ceylon Today”newspaper has published a news item retracting its earlier news story about the Bodu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Thera claiming troops were deployed in Weliweriya by the Defence Ministry on instructions given by him. The newspaper says its news story was based on a “misconstrued translation and regrets any inconvenience caused to the Defence ministry and Bidu Bala Sena.
The news item published by Ceylon Today regretting the earlier news story is reproduced below –
The lead story in yesterday’s issue of this newspaper was regrettably based on a misconstrued translation of a brief interview given by the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, Ven. Gnanasara Thera to the web edition of the paper.
The Ven. Thera had in fact said he had requested the Ministry of Defence to intervene to solve the problem faced by the people in Weliweriya, and that the ministry intervention was carried out with his knowledge. We sincerely regret any inconvenience the article may have caused to the Ministry of Defence and the Bodu Bala Sena.