The state minister became irate when the security forces stated that they could not be allowed to enter the sacred area at this time. He has then proceeded to act in an unruly manner after berating the police officers stationed there for refusing him to enter the Stupa.
Devotees are allowed to enter the Ruwanweli Maha Saya until 10.00 pm daily, after which the police lock the main entrances so that no one is allowed to enter.
With the entrances closed for the public, the state minister had arrived at the Ruwanweli Maha Saya at around midnight that day with a group of about 12 people including his family members and security personnel.
After coming towards one entrance from Sangamitta Mawatha, the state minister had introduced himself to the police officers on duty there. He has stated that his party wanted to conduct religious observances at the Ruwanweli Maha Saya.
The police officers who were on duty at the time have rejected the minister's order stating that rules imposed by the temple prohibit anyone from entering the Ruwanwelia Maha Saya after 10 pm.
The state minister had then proceeded to enter forcefully from another side despite the objections of the police officers. His security personnel as well the police officers had followed him but he was unable to get into the temple.
It is said that the state minister, who was still heavily intoxicated, had fallen to the ground once during this ordeal.
Meanwhile, the police officers at the security checkpoint have reported the incident to the Udamaluwa Police Station. Furthermore, the police have also informed the Chief Incumbent of the Ruwanweli Maha Saya Ven. Pallegama Hemaratana Nayake Thera regarding the incident.
Ven. Pallegama Hemaratana Nayake Thera said that he was unable to comment on the incident as he had not witnessed it. He further said that he had informed the police that it was their duty to investigate the incident and take appropriate legal action.