Apr 21, Colombo: Following a special discussion held with the participation of heads of security forces and all other departments regarding the current security situation in the country, the President has instructed the Inspector General of Police to impose a 12-hour island wide curfew from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.
During that meeting, the government has decided to take steps to tighten security at all the religious places, tourists hotels, hospitals and embassies and provide security to all the catholic religious leaders and to important places of the government.
A National Action Unit has been established to conduct investigation under the guidance of the Chief of the Defense Staff and to conduct search operations to arrest the culprits. Already instructions has been given to all the authorities of the hospitals to provide prompt treatment facilities to the victims.
At present, the process of body identification is being carried out and the judicial authorities are taking steps to conduct their postmortems promptly. The Government has decided to bear funeral expenses of all the deceased persons.
Currently, the security sections are conducting investigations in a broad manner on these incidents and the government has taken steps to temporarily block all the social media avenues until the investigations are concluded.
Steps have been taken to declare April 22 and 23 as holiday for all the government and private schools.
The Higher Education Ministry and University Grants Commission jointly have decided to temporarily suspend all academic activities of state universities for students as well as for academic and non-academic staff. However, resident students in hostels are allowed to stay further Chairman of the University Grant Commission Prof. Mohan Silva said.
The government requests the public to ensure the peace while remaining in homes and to provide necessary assistance to security forces as the security has been tightened across the Island.
The tri-forces have been summoned to ensure the security of the public and the tri-forces will ensure the security of the people with the coordination of the Police Department, the government assured.