A Buddhist monk led a mob into a Saiva temple in the Amparai district last week, where they forcibly removed a statue of a deity.
The temple, in the village of Paanama, was stormed last week and the statue of Pillayaar taken, in what has been a reported spate of similar incidents.
The move was allegedly carried out with assistance from the chairman of Paanamai Preathesiya Saba, the brother of a Buddhist monk.
Photograph courtesy of Thinakkathir
See our earlier post: 'Buddhists Behaving Badly' (03 August 2012)