Gintota situation under control after overnight curfew

The situation in Gintota in Galle was under control following an overnight curfew, the Police said.

The Government meanwhile called for calm and urged the public not to fall prey to attempts to create communal tensions in the area.

Over 100 Police Special Task Force commandos and over 200 policemen were deployed to Gintota last evening following mob violence in the area.

The violence involved two groups and the situation escalated with houses and at least one place of worship being attacked.

The Police made several arrests following the incident and imposed a curfew till 9am today.

Meanwhile, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said that some political groups are now on a desperate mission to turn the minor brawl into a Sinhala-Muslim clash.

“I urge the public not to be misled by their false propaganda,” he said.

The Minister also said that some elements are disseminating false videos and news on social media platformss to stir up communal sentiments.

He warned that that stern action will be taken against everyone attempting to resort to racist propaganda irrespective of their positions and political affiliations. (Colombo Gazette)

 

Pictures courtesy @ Azzam Ameen

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