A temporary state of emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka in order to take ‘stern action’ against communal violence in the country, a government spokesperson said today. Emergency has been in imposed in Sri Lanka for 10 days as a precautionary measure. The announcement today came a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the island nation’s central district of Kandy.
Minister of National Dialogue Mano Ganeshan told China’s Xinhua news agency that the decision had been taken following a special cabinet meeting held on Tuesday morning.
Ganeshan said the state of Emergency would give Sirisena the power to deploy the armed forces across the country.
The tri-series also featuring Bangladesh is being held in Colombo till March 18. BCCI or the Sri Lanka Cricket Board has not yet released a statement regarding the status of the series considering the current tense situation.
It is the first time in seven years Sri Lanka has resorted to such a measure. The island nation was under a state of emergency for nearly three decades as government forces battled Tamil rebels in a civil war that ended in 2009.
Hakeem said the riots were concentrated in Kandy — home to famous tea plantations and Buddhist relics — but the government wanted to send a strong message given outbreaks of communal violence elsewhere recently.
A police spokesman said earlier Tuesday hundreds of commandos from the police Special Task Force had been deployed to Kandy to restore order and enforce the curfew.Muslim homes, business and mosques were badly damaged in riots Monday triggered by the death of a Sinhalese man at the hands of a mob last wee.They said on February 22, the man was admitted to a hospital following an attack. He succumbed to his injuries on March 3, after which the attackers arrested and were remanded to police custody till Wednesday.
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