Missing Buddhist monk in Panama

By Norman Palihawadena
A Buddhist monk had mysteriously gone missing in Panama, near Arugam Bay, Pottuvil Cheap arava israel since Tuesday evening.According to Pottuvil Police, Ven. Senurumulle Dhammasiri (48) who was the chief incumbent of the Kudumbigala and Hulanuge temples situated in Panama had left Kudumbigala temple in a vehicle escorted by armed home guards since it was a dangerous area often frequented by LTTE cadres.
After travelling about 300 meters the monk had told the home guards that he had forgotten some pirith nool (blessed thread) and that he would fetch it from the temple and return soon. Saying so the monk had walked back to the temple but had failed to return. The home guards who when back to the temple to look for him found him missing. A search in the vicinity drew a blank. Later the home guards had found a pair of slippers and a bag belonging to the monk in the nearby jungles.
Police were unable to say as to what could have happened to the monk but confirmed that a few days ago the LTTE and the STF were engaged in a battle around the same place from where the monk went missing. Pottuvil Cheap yougaramdewbaba Police have launched a massive search operation in the area.


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