Self-immolated bhikkhu passes away
Ven. Bowatte Indraratna Thera who self immolated near the Sri Dalada
Maligawa, in Kandy on Friday around noon passed away at the Colombo
National Hospital around 8.30 pm yesterday.
The Bhikku had received severe burns throughout his body had affected
his internal organs, Director of National Hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe
Meanwhile, the Kandy Police are on the lookout for the person who had
aided and abated the thera by supplying petrol for self-immolation.
Eye witnesses told the police that the bhikkhu who had made a public
statement against cattle slaughter and illegal religious conversions had
doused himself with petrol before setting himself ablaze with an object
similar to a cigarette lighter.
He was rescued by bystanders including police and STF personnel who
doused the flames and rushed him to the Kandy Hospital.
The thera was a former Jathika Hela Urumaya member of the Pelmadulla
Pradeshiya Sabha who had lost his seat after being repeatedly absent
from council meetings. He was also expelled from the party two weeks ago
due to disciplinary reasons.