Sri Lanka declares state of emergency, sending troops to riot areas

Government appeals to all parties and general public to remain calm

Communal tensions have flared up during the past year after hardline Buddhist groups accused Muslims of attacking Buddhist religious sites and forcing Sinhalese to convert to Islam.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tweeted Monday that the government would not hesitate to take action against the violence. The latest unrest began on Sunday in Sri Lanka's central district of Kandy, after the funeral of a Buddhist truck driver, who died days after he was involved in an altercation with four Muslims, a government spokesperson said.

But violence took a new path this morning, according to eyewitnesses, after a Muslim youth Abdul Basith was killed by a mob attack on March 5, following which a police curfew was declared and all government schools were shut down.

The Sinhalese are a mainly Buddhist ethnic group making up almost three-quarters of Sri Lanka's 21 million people. The island nation was under a state of emergency for almost three decades as government forces battled Tamil rebels in a civil war that ended in 2009.




The officer said security was heightened while schools and businesses remained closed. The reports stated that the violence was spreading across the nation. Similar violence occurred last month when mobs set fire to Muslim-owned businesses and a mosque.

Amnesty International said it was important authorities took action to protect minorities from violence and hold those responsible to account."But a state of emergency must not become a pretext for further human rights abuses", said Amnesty's South Asia director Biraj Patnaik.

Five persons were arrested and police said investigations are on.

"The Government urges every citizen of Sri Lanka to desist from falling prey to such hate and misinformation campaigns". Another 13 percent of the population are Hindus.

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