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Sri Lanka has declared a state of Emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy.

FP Staff March 06, 2018 19:55:00 IST
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According to sources, the president has ordered the CID team to head to Kandy to investigate the communal clash. Two hundred special task force personnel have been deployed on ground to control the situation, along with 200 army troops and 1000 police personnel. 

Curfew has been imposed in a few places across Kandy: Teldeniya and Pallekale. The situation was triggered after a Sinhalese man allegedly beaten up by a group of Muslim men last week succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. The clash was triggered by an alleged altercation over road rage. Violence broke out in Teldeniya and then spread to Digana town. Shops were set afire and a mosque was torched on Sunday night and Monday this week.

In another separate incident last week in Ampara, it was alleged that a restaurant was mixing sterilising medicine with food. A religious undertone was given to that incident. It was alleged that the organised groups carried out the violence in both incidents. They are said to have used social media to organise their activities. The government is trying to control the situation by imposing state of Emergency.

Inputs by Chathuri Dissanayake/101Reporters.

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Colombo: Sri Lanka has declared a state of Emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy. US embassy called for quick action against perpetrators, religious minorities and conclusion of emergency swiftly

Sri Lanka declares Emergency updates US embassy calls for quick action against perpetrators end to Emergency

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. AP

Tension has been growing between the two communities in Sri Lanka over the past year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites.

Some Buddhist nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of Muslim Rohingya asylum-seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar, where Buddhist nationalism has also been on the rise.

“At a special Cabinet meeting, it was decided to declare a state of Emergency for 10 days to prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country,” the spokesman, Dayasiri Jayasekara, told Reuters.

“It was also decided to take stern action against people who are instigating violence through Facebook,” he added, referring to postings on social media.

The government sent troops and elite police to Kandy after a mob set fire to a Muslim-owned shop, imposing a curfew there on Monday to prevent clashes between majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Muslims.

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