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* Curfew imposed in Sri Lanka hill capital after Sinhala - Muslim clashes flare
Mon, Mar 5, 2018, 07:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka imposed a curfew on Monday in the central hill town of Digana in Kandy after communal clashes between the Sinhalese and Muslims flared.

Department of Government Information in notice issued said a police curfew was imposed in the Kandy District until Tuesday 6th March morning.

"The Police put on alert to ensure that the enforcement of the law proceeds without hindrance and the situation does not spiral into an inter-communal conflagration," the government statement said.

The Government appealed to all parties and especially the general public to act with responsibility and remain calm. "The suspects have been arrested and the law will take its course," it said.

The Minister of Education meanwhile has instructed the authorities to close all schools in the Administrative district of Kandy tomorrow (06).

Police Special Task Force (STF) has been deployed to curb the riot situation, the Police Media Spokesman stated.

The violence flared up after a 41-year-old Sinhala man, a resident of Ambala in Medamahanuwara was allegedly attacked by a group of Muslims in Teldeniya Town on February 22. The victim died on Sunday from the injuries received in the attack.

 

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