Police warn against inciting hatred via sms

The police today warned that action will be taken against anyone attempting to incite racial or religious hatred via sms.

A statement by the police headquarters said that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has already launched investigations in this regard.

The police said that a Buddhist man and a Muslim man have already been arrested for sending out sms messages which could incite racial or religious hatred.

The police headquarters said that special technology is being used to check for sms messages being sent out which could create tensions in the country.

The statement said that the police will strictly enforce the law on anyone attempting to create tensions among the various communities.

However, it was notable that the statement did not warn of taking action on groups or individuals who attempt to create religious tensions through public gatherings or in any other manner other than through sms.

The Bodu Bala Sena and the Sinhala Ravaya have been in the news in recent times for openly campaigning against some Muslim beliefs.

At a recent rally in Panadura Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, the venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara thera said that the country should be ready to rally against Christian and Muslim extremist groups operating in the country.

He insisted that the Bodu Bala Sena does not have issues with Muslims and Tamils as a whole. However he said that Muslim women should not be allowed to wear the Niqab in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)