Government to declare state of emergency as tensions continue

The Government has decided to declare a state of emergency as tensions continue in the country.

Minister S.B. Dissanayake said that the cabinet, which met today, decided to declare a 10 day state of emergency.

He said the move will be to maintain law and order in the country.

A curfew imposed in Kandy was lifted this morning but was re-imposed in some areas.

The curfew was imposed in Kandy yesterday after a mob attacked several Muslim owned shops and other property.

The Police fired tear gas and later imposed the curfew as violence erupted in Kandy.

An angry mob attacked Muslim owned shops and at least one mosque in Digana following a protest.

The Police used tear gas to disperse the mob but the tensions continued.

Meanwhile, in Theldeniya the Police fired tear gas after an unruly mob, including monks, gathered outside the Theldeniya Police station.

The violence erupted after a Sinhalese man was killed in the Kandy area resulting in several racially motivated incidents targeting Muslims.

The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) the venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thera, was among those who visited the house of the victim on Sunday night.

The mob which gathered outside the Theldeniya Police station yesterday demanded that a group of suspects arrested over the racially motivated incidents be set free.

The latest violence comes just weeks after similar violence erupted in Ampara. (Colombo Gazette)