June 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Beruwala electoral organizer Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, who just returned to his violence-stricken electorate from a foreign tour has ordered the police to arrest all violence mongers.
Minister Senaratne directed the police and Army to seize all the unlicensed weapons in civilian hands in his electorate which was engulfed with communal violence during his absence.
The Minister gave these orders to Western Commander Major General U.A.B. Medawala and Deputy Inspector General Amarasiri Senarathna at a meeting held in the Kalutara district secretariat.
Minister Senaratne was visiting the U.S. and Italy whilst communal clashes between the Muslim and Sinhala residents in Beruwala and Aluthgama on June 15 and 16 left four people dead and scores of properties and businesses damaged.
The Minister demanded the police to arrest all the persons who were engaged in violence in the area.
He also asked for the support of Beruwala Urban Council and Beruwala Pradeshiya Sabha for police investigations.
Project Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena, District Secretary Chandana Jayalal and other state officials participated in the discussion.