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Hate crime: Police probing politicos' speech

2017-06-18 20:37:36
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The Police were investigating into politicians' statement, which was seen as inciting racism and create communal disharmony, Police Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said today.

He said that legal action would be taken against such politicians under the instruction of the Attorney-General.

Speaking at a press briefing DIG Jayakody said total of 14 individual had been arrested in connection with the incidents based on racism.

“The suspects were arrested in connection with several incidents that had taken place in Panadura, Kurunegala, Eluvila and Weeraketiya.

“A monk and a police constable were also among the arrested,” he said.

The Spokesman said the Police were also investigating several complaints received relating to the social media.

He said a special Police unit was investigating such incidents.

“We would obtain Attorney General’s instruction in connection against individuals who incite racism and violence trough social media,” he said.

DIG Jayakody also said that strict action would be taken against any individual or group, who were involved in stirring racial tensions and incidents of insulting religions.

Commenting on Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, DIG Jayakody said that investigations were underway to arrest the Thera.

He said that legal action would be instituted against any individual found to be hiding Gnanasara Thera, for “aiding and abetting” in inciting racial violence. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  Comments - 12

  • Sunil Monday, 19 June 2017 04:54

    Are these investigations to arrest the main perpetrator of ethnic disharmony going to take forever?

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    citizen Monday, 19 June 2017 04:54

    Not only racial and religious bigotry, but look at Colombo medicos in tent on public pavement opposite NHSL on Kynsey Rd. with with malicious, hate SAITM posters. Why is the police not taking action

    Reply : 4       25

    SL Monday, 19 June 2017 06:09

    Lastweek there was a complain against minister Hakeem against false speech he did during a public meeting which directly can affect communal harmony .Any action please ?

    Reply : 12       25

    ACTION Monday, 19 June 2017 15:10

    Action or not - did hakeem go around throwing petrol bombs ? Inquiry or not is he hiding like a coward ?

    Reply : 2       5

    SHERLOCK HOLMES Monday, 19 June 2017 06:56

    " investigations were underway to arrest the Thera " -- OK, A mine of information can be gleaned from the vehicle owners and the drivers of the reverend's motorcade which was stopped by police some time ago in Kurunagala. If so, why not ?

    Reply : 1       20

    WATSON Monday, 19 June 2017 15:04

    Can the police be honest enough to state in public whether they even copied the vehicle numbers at that incident , Leave aside , whether they followed up in this regard ?

    Reply : 0       1

    Aladeniya Kirimathaya Monday, 19 June 2017 07:19

    Sir, we trust our Police Department, but why still Ven. Gnanasara Thero is not yet arrested?

    Reply : 5       19

    Milroy Fernando Monday, 19 June 2017 07:25

    If you guys have problems to arrest Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, get advices from the President and go a head, then no one will object.

    Reply : 1       18

    Milroy Fernando Monday, 19 June 2017 07:29

    RW

    Reply : 2       2

    ACT -NOT DELAY TACTICS Monday, 19 June 2017 08:30

    " He said that legal action would be taken against such politicians under the instruction of the Attorney-General. - -As for me, no where in the world does the police have to hide under the petticoat of the countries AG's to take action according to the statute. Politician have no special privileges as against us , the voters, who have (rightly or wrongly) made him/her to sit in Parliament.

    Reply : 2       22

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 19 June 2017 09:08

    I like to see the "legal action would be instituted against any individual found to be hiding Gnanasara Thera....". Never will happen in this banana republic.

    Reply : 4       21

    Sound mind Monday, 19 June 2017 11:25

    Colombo Medicos tent in Kynsey road,may be an insane'stent,doctors never organize tents.

    Reply : 0       4

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