Former Deputy Minister of Highways Mervin Silva has taken away about 50 cattle by force brought by Muslims from various parts of the island legally to be sacrificed on the Hajji Day from a place in Akbar Town in Wattala.
The minister has come with police officers from Kiribathgoda and Wattala
police stations and taken away the cows stating that slaughter of cows
is against Buddhism.
Out of these cows about 35 have been released the same night from
Kiribathgoda and Peliyagoda police stations and the police had said that
they did not bring the other cows. Western PC member Mujibar Rahman
addressing a press conference at the opposition leader’s residence, said
that Mervin Silva cannot consider himself to be a true Buddhist as he
has voted in favour of the Gambling act in the parliament and added that
at a time when all communities should stand up together as one, first
of all you must learn to respect the traditions of all religions and
this cannot be expected from a govt that has ministers like Mervin