Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have met the heads of diplomatic missions of some Islamic countries yesterday and discussed the violence that erupted in the country during the past few days. Interestingly while he was talking his supporters were attacking the poor Muslims. He is believed to be crying crocodile tears to gain Muslim votes which he lost at the last election due to organised attacks on Muslims by Sinhala Buddhist thugs close to his government when he and his family were ruling the country.
However, there was no information immediately made available to the media about what transpired at the meeting conducted at his residence.
Earlier Two MP’s and councillors of Mahindas SLPP were involved in the attack against the Muslims but NO action were taken against them by the police, why? is a question not answered. Even the MP’s names were not released, who stopped the release of these SLPP MP’s? PM or President?
Southern Provincial Council member M.K. Kasun and his wife were arrested by the Thalangama Police after the duo assaulted a bus driver. Kasun is the son of notorious thug ‘Chandi Malli’ of Beliatte and a supporter of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). The incident was captured on camera by a person in a bus at the Talangama-Koswatte junction. The video shows Kasun attacking the bus driver along with his wife who is seen brandishing a pistol. It is reported that the victim was driving a Route 177 bus that plies between Kaduwela and Kollupitiya. He had been stopped at the Talangama-Koswatte junction and assaulted.
But talk of the Town is that they will be released and no action will be taken against them because PM Ranil and President Maithiri are secretly taking instructions from Mahinda.
Police said yesterday the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) had arrested Amith Jeevan Weerasinghe, alleged to be one of the masterminds of the communal unrest in Kandy and nine others, in predawn raids in Digana and Poojapitiya.
The TID also arrested Weerasinghe’s second in command Sureda Suraweera. They are accused of spreading misinformation that led to communal violence, organising violent mobs that attack persons and property and using social media to incite violence.
“What you should note is that only two of them are residents of the Kandy District. All others are outsiders,” said Police Spokesperson Superintendent Ruwan Gunasekera.
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Speaking at a media conference, police said petrol bombs were hurled at a mosque yesterday as hundreds of police and troops provided security in the Kandy District. Police confirmed that significant numbers of Muslim-owned businesses were set on fire and vandalised in several parts of the country. Two deaths have been confirmed so far with 11 others injured.
Q: Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency for ten days to rein in the spread of communal violence, a Government spokesperson said on Tuesday, a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy. What are the reasons behind this latest communal violence in the country?
A: There are many factors behind the recent upsurge of violence against Sri Lankan Muslims. The events of the last 10 days have not been local “clashes” between Buddhists and Muslims, but organised and targeted attacks by national-level militant groups who are well known and have made their intentions clear through traditional and social media.
The immediate cycle of violence began with the death on 3 March of a Sinhala Buddhist man in the central hill town of Teldeniya. He had been attacked ten days earlier by four local Muslim men, who were promptly arrested and detained. His death sparked anger and limited violence the next day by local Buddhists, 24 of whom were arrested and held by the police.
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Most Muslim-owned businesses in the island nation remained shut in protest at attacks by mainly Buddhist Sinhalese groups concentrated around the central city of Kandy.
Armed troops and constables patrolled outside mosques while in Kandy, prayers were said in open grounds in many places because mosques had been burnt or vandalised.