May 14, Colombo: Sri Lankan police have arrested 74 people in connection with attacks on Muslim-owned homes and shops in Northwestern Province and Minuwangoda and spreading hate through social media.
The police arrested operation director of the Anti-Corruption Force, Namal Kumara and Leader of the Mahason Balakaya organization Amith Weerasinghe while the Colombo Crime Division arrested leader of Nawa Sinhale national organization Dan Priyasad today.
Meanwhile, Matara police have arrested three suspects who issued statements through social media in an attempt to disrupt peace and spread hate among the ethnic groups.
The suspects were remanded till the 27th of this month after being produced before the Matara Magistrate's Court, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.
He also pointed out that investigations are continuing to arrest persons who express hate speech on social media to disrupt national unity.
Meanwhile, 13 suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks on Muslim shops and homes in Minuwangoda area yesterday have been remanded till the 29th of this month by the Minuwangoda Magistrate court.
These suspects have been arrested under Emergency Regulations and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and can only be granted bail by the high court, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
If they are found guilty at a trial they can be sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Meanwhile more than 60 suspects have been arrested in the Wayamba Province for violating the curfew.
"It should be mentioned that if mobs continue to engage in communal violence, the tri forces and police will use force to stop them. We firmly believe that the time has come to stop such acts by using force," the Police Media Spokesman said.