A peace committee will convene in Grandpass today to discuss the violence which erupted last night when a mob attacked a mosque in the area.
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem had returned to Colombo last night after cutting short his election campaigning in Kandy and spoke to IGP N.K. Illangakoon on the incident.
The police said that the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) is investigating the incident.
Buddhists and Muslims clashed at Grandpass after the mosque was attacked and a police curfew was imposed till 7 this morning.
The SLMC leader’s media spokesman Dr. A. R. A. Hafeez told the Colombo Gazette that the IGP had told the Minister a peace committee will be formed and it will meet in Grandpass today to ensure such a situation does not arise again.
Minister Hakeem had instructed the IGP to ensure tight security for the area following last night’s incident, the SLMC spokesman said.
Several houses in the area were also damaged during the mob attack and at least seven people including two policemen were also injured. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Easwaran Rutnam