The government is not responsible for the violent acts reported in recent times targeting a particular religion, Sri Lanka Freedom Party General Secretary, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said today.
Speaking at a media briefing the Minister said that it is now a common practice to point fingers at the government when an incident takes place.
However he stressed that the government is keen to maintain peace and promote co-existence among all communities.
The Minister was responding to criticism towards the government over its failure to stem the violence by extremist Buddhist groups targeting Muslims in the country.
With regards to the attack on the Fashion Bug outlet in Pepiliyana last week, the Minister said that the government condemns the incident.
He also said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa have instructed the police and the security forces to take action against anyone attempting to disturb the peace.
He recalled that Sri Lanka has suffered for too long as a result of the 30 year war, which created a rift and raised suspicion among all the communities.
The Minister said that some groups are now attempting to create rifts among Sinhalese and Muslims in the country and the government condemns such attempts. (Colombo Gazette)