Gintota Clash: PM Calls IGP for the Official Report

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:37 GMT, Nov 20, 2017 |

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for an official report, from the Inspector General of Police, on the violence that erupted in Gintota and its surrounding areas over the weekend.

The Premier stated that stern action will be taken against those who cause violence and unrest. He noted that even though curfew has been lifted the area will remain under tight security. The Premier instructed Police officers to visit affected homes and record statements. He noted that a separate team will be deployed to assess the damage. Additional Police teams and STF personnel have been deployed in Gintota and the surrounding areas on the instructions of the Premier and the Minister of Law and Order, Sagala Ratnayaka.

However, the Police noted that peace has returned to the area after the curfew was lifted.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe along with the Minister of Law and Order, Sagala Ratnayaka and the Cabinet Minister of Home Affairs, Vajira Abeywardena visited the area yesterday morning (19) and inspected the houses and properties that were damaged due to Friday night’s clash.

The Premier and Minister Ratnayaka urged the general public not be misled by false information and fake news that is aimed at stirring up communal sentiments.

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