State of emergency declared after anti-Muslim riots

State of emergency declared after anti-Muslim riots

State of emergency declared after anti-Muslim riots

"Additional security has been deployed in the area, the situation is under control", police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told The Hindu, even as images of violence, which users claimed were from Kandy, flooded social media.

Police said a magisterial inquiry into the death was presently underway while a team from the Criminal Investigations Department had also been dispatched to Kandy to conduct a probe into the clashes.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the government has made a decision to take stern action against those instigating violence through social media.

The government called on the local population "to act with responsibility and remain calm". The country was under a state of emergency for almost three decades when the government fought Tamil rebels in the civil war that ended in 2009.

Kandy is just the latest region to be plagued by religious and ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, a nation of 21 million people. Tension has been growing between the two communities over the past year, and it took the violent turn on Monday.

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Police have arrested several people and had extended the curfew after the body of a muslim man was removed from a burnt building.

"The government will not hesitate to take firm and stem action against perpetrators of crimes, and those who violate the law and order", Gunawardhana added.

Muslims in Sri Lanka account for the country's 10% population, while the Buddhists and Sinhalese make up almost 75% of population.

The Aluthgama riots in Sri Lanka were religious and ethnic riots in June 2014 in south-western Sri Lanka.

Dozens of mosques and homes were damaged on Monday night as crowds went on a rampage, sparking fears that communal violence could spread. Muslims are just 10 percent of its population.

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