Fasting Sinhala Buddhist monk admitted to Batticaloa hospital
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 September 2010, 15:05 GMT]
Venerable Ambitiya Sumanaratna Thera, chief priest of the Batticaloa
Mangalaramaya Vihare and the Deputy Chief Sanganayake of
Batticaloa-Ampaarai district was taken to Batticaloa Teaching
Hospital Tuesday night for emergency treatment as his condition was
reported critical on the third day of his fast unto death campaign, sources in Batticaloa said.
The Sinhala Buddhist monk has been on a fast-unto-death campaign demanding construction of Buddhist temples in the predominantly Tamil-speaking Batticaloa district with Saivites, Christians and Muslims. The monk, who has on the fast-unto-death campaign for 3 days also demands appointment of Sinhala officers to Batticaloa District Secretariat, Divisional offices and Courts.
The extremist monk said he would end his campaign only when Basil Rajapaksa, the brother of SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa, promises action on the demands and extends in person an apology for 'defaming' him in front of two former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leaders.