The senior Buddhist monk, Muruththettuwe Ananda criticised reports that the former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was going to be arrested, warning that monks would take to the streets.
"A substantial number of Sanghas against the government will descend on streets if former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is arrested," he was quoted by Ada Derana as saying.
"The present government is carrying out large scale retaliations. The country will experience in massive catastrophes due to the impiety of these rulers,” the monk said.
“It is being reported that there are attempts to arrest Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. They are trying to arrest Gotabhaya Rajapaksa over fears of him entering politics."