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No need to extend 'State of Emergency' after Thursday

13 March 2018 02:17 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The ten-day clamped down on last Tuesday (6) will not be extended from midnight Thursday (15) as the country has fully returned to normal after sporadic communal clashes last week in Kandy and elsewhere, Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said yesterday.

He said he did not think it was necessary to continue the ‘State of Emergency’ any further.

“I had a discussion with the IGP and senior police officers this morning to assess the current security situation in the country. We are of the view that the country’s security situation is normal right now and therefore the extending of the ‘State of Emergency’ which will expire on Thursday (15) will not be necessary,” Minister Maddumabandara told Daily Mirror.

Minister Maddumabandara said he also discussed the possibility of lifting the restrictions put on social media with the Police and decision will be taken in this regard sooner than later and added a final decision, however, will be taken on both issues after the President Maithripala Sirisena returned home from his official visit to Japan.

Meanwhile, Police Spokesman, SSP Ruwan Gunasekara said the police would not relax its guard in Kandy in particular though the situation was normal and added 3,000 police and 750 STF personnel had been deployed in the District of Kandy. “Yes, the situation is calm and quiet in Kandy. But we are on alert round the clock to face any eventuality,” Mr. Gunasekara said. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 7

  • Waco Tuesday, 13 March 2018 02:33 AM

    You are a champion. For how long?

    nick Tuesday, 13 March 2018 04:25 AM

    u too sounds like sagala via DM Android App

    DJ Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:49 AM

    "The country has fully returned to normal" This is the type of rethoric that gets you no where. The public is sick of the types pf politicians we have to take this country forward. Look beyond your nose Mr. Minister before making statements

    rew Tuesday, 13 March 2018 08:48 AM

    Don't blame this guy. MS and RW got rid of SF by planting this fellow in the hot seat. Days are numbered for the two leaders

    Waco Tuesday, 13 March 2018 11:55 AM

    When are you going to expedite the pending criminal and Fraud cases?

    Samitha Tuesday, 13 March 2018 01:07 PM

    Mr. Rew you are wrong . UNP ( RW ) requested five times president to appoint SF . MS rejected the request. and UNP reviving deserved blame keeping their mouth shut.

    Buddhist Tuesday, 13 March 2018 04:22 PM

    How many MPs and Monks did you arrest who instigated the violence? NONE. Shows how weak he is.

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