June 19, Colombo: Head of Sri Lanka Police, Inspector General N.K. Ilangakoon said an extensive investigation will be conducted into the communal clashes that took place in Beruwala, Aluthgama, Welipenna and Matugama recently.
Speaking to Media, the IGP said three police teams of the Criminal Investigation Department and the Colombo Crime Division have been deployed to conduct the investigations.
The IGP said the Police have received 138 complaints relating to the recent skirmishes between the Sinhala and Muslim communities in the south western coastal towns.
The police have arrested 55 people suspected of instigating the clashes and 35 of them have been remanded.
The top police officer pledged to take stern action against the culprits who were involved in the incidents.
The situation has returned to normal except for few sporadic incidents and the government has deployed units from the Army and the STF in the areas to ensure law and order.
The Police Chief stressed that assistance of the Maha Sangha and the leaders of other religions is essential to ensure peace and coexistence.