Stern legal action would be taken against lawbreakers who instigated sporadic countrywide riots targeting Muslim-owned property and businesses, Acting Police Chief C.D. Wickramaratne yesterday said.
The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) further requested the public to remain calm, peaceful and to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to restore normalcy after a police curfew was imposed following the violence.
Making a special announcement to the media last night, the IGP said that after having fought a 30-year war, the Sri Lanka Police Force had immense experience containing such incidents, which they would do to their fullest efforts.
“We will not let any elements or any cowardly acts of a few extremists drag the country to anarchy over the unfortunate events on Easter Sunday. We are receiving information on those responsible for such activities, and will take full action against them,” Mr. Wickramaratne said.
He said the police curfew which was initially imposed on the Northwestern Province, Minuwangoda and Gampaha areas but had been extended countrywide to prevent violence spreading further.
The acting IGP warned that instigating riots was a non-bail able offence which carried a 10-year jail term, and vowed strict action against perpetrators.
He requested the public to educate their kith and kin, who may resort to such acts, to refrain from engaging in such activity during this difficult hour and to cooperate with the police and the tri-forces at all times. (Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana)
Video by Damith
Comments - 8
Jude Fernado Tuesday, 14 May 2019 03:19 AM
Yes, very true.
Sri Lanka has created a new meaning for curfew,
“Public to Stay inside and Rioters to Loot and destroy under military protection”
Very much fun.
James Tuesday, 14 May 2019 04:55 AM
2 dead so far. No news of arrest? If there were any arrest I am sure they will be bailed out the next day.
Annoyed Citizen Tuesday, 14 May 2019 05:01 AM
what a bunch of lies! 30 year old war BS. It can be clearly seen from the video footage how the police and army are handling this situation.
Nimal Tuesday, 14 May 2019 06:16 AM
Don't talk do it. Soot one or two hooligan things will be normal.
Lee Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:07 AM
Sir, please ban all press conferences organized by individual politicians who incite hate speech and speak falsehood for propaganda purposes. Press conferences must be regulated.
Truth Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:47 PM
Thanks for this assurance.... More than 48 hours of Violence and some deaths too if I am not mistaken... So where is the stern action... Have you arrested even a single Rioter...
Warren Raed Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:59 PM
NATO Tuesday, 14 May 2019 01:03 PM
shoot some at site and rest will come to sense. NO ACTION TALK ONLY
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