Mar 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on March 7, 2018 made a special statement to clarify the situation in the Kandy district said there is no truth in rumors that the Buddhist clergy is attacked and urged all communities including Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims to control the tense situation and provide maximum support to ensure a secure environment.
Prime Minister's statement:
I have also made a special statement in Parliament regarding the attack on a driver in Theldeniya area and the violent and disruptive acts committed at some places in the Kandy district after his death.
Currently, the emergency law has been imposed throughout the country and the police curfew that was imposed in the Kandy district was removed at 6am today.
Today, several business places in Katugastota and surrounding areas have been burned. According to the reports, a grenade in the possession of the unruly crowds in Ambatenna area had exploded. The Police are conducting investigations on these.
Law and order is in operation in other parts of the Kandy district.
Considering the situation, decisions have been made under the emergency regulations to re-impose the curfew in the Kandy district from 4 pm today.
Various rumors are being spread about the attacks on Buddhist clergy, but I declare that such incidents have not taken place.
Also, the armed forces, the Special Task Force and the Police have been deployed throughout the Kandy District. Major General Rukman Dias, commander of the Security Forces in the Central Province has been appointed to coordinate the activities of the tri forces and Police.
They have been instructed to be prepared to control any kind of tense situation. More troops have been deployed to the troubled areas.
Also, the social media networks have been temporarily blocked to control the dissemination of misleading, hateful, inflammatory and false propaganda to the public.
Since the curfew has been imposed in the Kandy district and the state of emergency is functioning throughout the country, I appeal to the public to act peacefully. Also, we call on all people to give your fullest support to safeguarding law and order in your areas.
I wish to say that the situation in other parts of the country is peaceful. I ask the public act responsibly and not to be fooled by false propaganda.
Also the government will take every possible strongest action against the individuals and groups engaged in such violent illegal acts and looting.
Therefore, I urge all communities including Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims to control this tense situation and provide maximum support to ensure a secure environment for all the people.