Today Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency for almost 10 days as the communal violence has spread over between Muslims and Sinhala leaving two dead in Kandy district. The Buddhist-Muslim clash erupted after Sinhalese man died last week yesterday in Theldeniya area. The government has taken the steps and sent troops and commandos to the area and implemented the curfew.
Behind Buddhist-Muslim Clash
Maithripala Sirisena, President, and Cabinet Minister have decided to declare the state of emergency for 10 days after the violence broke out in country’s areas. A Gazette notification will be enabled immediately once the president signs the proclamation.
However, Buddhist-Muslim clash resulted in the destruction of 75 shops, 10 mosques, and 32 houses of the minority community. This led the police to fire tear gas shells. Also, the police have imposed the curfew to halt the clashes between the two communities.
Moreover, the situation is in a tensed state in Kandy – a home to tea plantations after a Muslim man recovered from a burnt building with the burnt body. A fresh curfew has begun today and commandos armed heavily. Also, special task force deployed in Theldeniya and Pallekele areas.
Since August 2011, this is the first time of emergency declaration in the nation. The emergency state triggers the troops on the street and they can arrest the people without a warrant. Sri Lanka, indeed, has a long history of the emergency state.
“We decided to take strong action to control the situation and to deal strongly with all wrongdoers,” senior minister Rauff Hakeem, – leader of the main Muslim party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), told reporters.
On the other hand, BCCI said the Tri-nation T20 series will continue despite the state of emergency. BCCI confirmed the situation in Colombo and the match will open at Premadasa Stadium.