Parliament discusses incidents after a Muslim is found dead

Parliament today discussed the violent incidents in Kandy after the violence resulted in a Muslim man being found dead.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe briefed Parliament on the incidents and the steps taken to bring the situation under control.

The Prime Minister, who is also the Law and Order Minister, said that a group of Muslim youth who had attacked a Sinhalese man last month in Kandy, resulting in his death, have been arrested.

He said that 24 people who were involved in the mob violence after the funeral of the Sinhalese man were also arrested and remanded.

The Prime Minister said that the Government condemns the violence in Kandy and recent incident in Ampara which also involved Muslims and Sinhalese.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella, meanwhile, said that the Sinhalese community must say sorry to the Muslims over the violence which erupted in Kandy.

He said the violence claimed the life of an innocent Muslim man who was trapped in a shop which was set on fire by a Sinhalese mob.

The joint opposition also condemned the violence in Kandy and called for calm.

Joint opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena said that an investigation must be conducted to find out who instigated the violence. (Colombo Gazette)