Sri Lankan monk remanded for attack on UN safe house for Rohingya Muslims


International desk, October 03: A Sri Lankan court has remanded a Buddhist monk who, alongside other hard-line Buddhists, stormed a U.N. safe house for Rohingya Muslims, forcing the refugees to flee for protection.

Sri Lankan hardliner Buddhist monk Akmeemana Dayarathana, center, escorted by police officers is being produce at a local court in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Buddhist monk was arrested over the allegations of threatening a group of Rohingya refugees who were residing in a UN run safe house last week. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara says the monk, Akmeenmana Dayaratana, was arrested with another suspect on Monday. They have been remanded until Oct. 09.

Gunasekara says another five suspects in the attack were arrested and remanded on Sunday. Last week, a group led by Buddhist monks stormed the safe house for 31 Rohingya Muslims who have been there since April. The monks claimed the residents were terrorists and demanded they be returned to Myanmar, prompting police to relocate them.

U.N. refugee agency said it was alarmed by the attack, while Sri Lankan government leaders called for stern legal action against the perpetrators.