Sri Lanka imposes curfew in Kandy after anti-Muslim riots
Colombo (AFP): Sri Lanka imposed a curfew on Monday in the central hill town of Digana in Kandy after communal clashes between the Sinhalese and Muslims flared.
Department of Government Information in notice issued said a police curfew was imposed in the Kandy District until Tuesday 6th March morning.
“The Police put on alert to ensure that the enforcement of the law proceeds without hindrance and the situation does not spiral into an inter-communal conflagration,” the government statement said.
The Government appealed to all parties and especially the general public to act with responsibility and remain calm. “The suspects have been arrested and the law will take its course,” it said.
The Minister of Education meanwhile has instructed the authorities to close all schools in the Administrative district of Kandy tomorrow (06).
Police Special Task Force (STF) has been deployed to curb the riot situation, the Police Media Spokesman stated.
The violence flared up after a 41-year-old Sinhala man, a resident of Ambala in Medamahanuwara was allegedly attacked by a group of Muslims in Teldeniya Town on February 22. The victim died on Sunday from the injuries received in the attack.
The victim who was a resident of Ambala in Medamahanuwara had been attacked by a group of people in Teldeniya Town over an incident involving two vehicles. The victim had been rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.
Gunasekara said 24 people had been arrested over the killing to date. Out of the 24, 10 had been directly involved in the killing of the victim while 14 people had been arrested on suspicion.