An Astrologer who predicted Sri Lankan President’s death arrested by Police: On Wednesday, an astrologer who made several predictions that the President of Sri Lanka – Maithripala Sirisena would die has been arrested and released on bail.
Most Sri Lankans follow the advice of the astrologer and the suspect – Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni is a former navy sailor convicted of attempting to assassinate India’s then-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1987.
On Wednesday, the Police Media Division said that Wijemuni was arrested on Tuesday evening on the charges of making false predictions and comments that could mislead the public. But a court in the capital, Colombo, released him on bail on Wednesday.
Wijemuni posted several videos on Facebook predicting Sirisena would die of illness or accident before 27th January 2017. The predictions of the astrologer raised concerns of the top government officials, and Media Ministry Secretary Nimal Bopage asked police in December to investigate.
Media Ministry Secretary Nimal Bopage, in the letter sent to the police chief, said that he suspected a possible coup and assassination attempt were behind Wijemuni’s sustained campaign on the internet during the last few months.
Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni served two and a half years in prison for attacking then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with his rifle as the Indian premier inspected a naval guard of honour in Colombo. After being released from jail, Wijemuni turned to politics and contested for parliamentary elections in 2000, before becoming an astrologer.
Most people of Sri Lanka follow astrology to identify auspicious times for occasions such as marriage, building houses and signing important documents.