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* Gintota unrest: 19 suspects remanded, curfew again today
Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 11:09 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 18, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the 19 suspects arrested for inciting violence in the southern coastal town of Gintota in Galle while the government warned extremists against spreading rumors and fake messages on social media arousing communal clashes.

Galle Magistrate's Court remanded the 19 suspects arrested over the unrest until 30th November.

The clashes between the extremists of the Buddhist majority and minority Muslim communities triggered by false social media messages, started Friday night and the police imposed a curfew until Saturday morning in some areas of the Galle district.

The clashes injured four people while several houses, and cars were damaged and at least one place of worship was attacked.

Police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara told Reuters that one of the arrested was a woman who spread the rumor that the Muslims are about to attack a Buddhist temple.

Police Spokesman said a police curfew was imposed again from 6.00 pm Saturday to 6.00 am tomorrow in the areas of Gintota, Kurunduwatta, Maha Hapugala, Welipitimodara, Ukwatta and Piyadigama where tension prevailed.

Making a special statement law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said that situation in Gintota has been brought under complete control and law and order in the area has been ensured.

He said that 200 regular police and 100 Special Task Force (STF) police officers have been deployed to bring the situation under control and maintain law and order.

Religious leaders in the area requested the people not to get misled by false rumors and to protect the peace in the area.


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