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Sri Lanka lifts curfew in violence hit town as tensions ease

World2018-03-08

By APD writer Easwaran Rutnam KANDY, March 8 (APD) -- Sri Lanka on Thursday lifted a curfew which had been in place in the central town of Kandy after communal clashes erupted on Monday. The tensions in the Kandy area eased on Thursday morning resulting in the Police deciding to lift the curfew. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara ordered that the curfew be lifted as there were no major incidents reported. The Government said that the curfew is expected to be declared again at 6pm on Thursday evening. Meanwhile the Police arrested several suspects overnight accused of being involved in the communal violence. The violence erupted after a Sinhalese man was killed in the Kandy area by a group of Muslims. Sinhalese mobs angered over the death attacked Muslim owned property including shops, houses and vehicles on Monday. A Muslim man was later found dead in a burnt shop and it was believed he had suffocated from the smoke. Following the violence President Maithripala Sirisena declared a seven day state of emergency and deployed the Police and military to prevent further violence. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Easwaran Rutnam

KANDY, March 8 (APD) -- Sri Lanka on Thursday lifted a curfew which had been in place in the central town of Kandy after communal clashes erupted on Monday.

The tensions in the Kandy area eased on Thursday morning resulting in the Police deciding to lift the curfew.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara ordered that the curfew be lifted as there were no major incidents reported.

The Government said that the curfew is expected to be declared again at 6pm on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile the Police arrested several suspects overnight accused of being involved in the communal violence.

The violence erupted after a Sinhalese man was killed in the Kandy area by a group of Muslims.

Sinhalese mobs angered over the death attacked Muslim owned property including shops, houses and vehicles on Monday.

A Muslim man was later found dead in a burnt shop and it was believed he had suffocated from the smoke.

Following the violence President Maithripala Sirisena declared a seven day state of emergency and deployed the Police and military to prevent further violence.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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