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B Upendran | HENB | Colombo | March 6, 2018:: Now, 10% Muslim population in Sri Lanka posed a security threat to the majority Buddhists and Hindu people of the island. Though Sri Lanka’s population practices a variety of religions, the fundamental Muslim organisations have been trying to set a Jihad in the island to capture its parts under the green flag with sword and the Islamic moon and star. As of the 2011 census 70.2% of Sri Lankans are Theravada Buddhists, 12.6% are Hindus, 9.7% are Muslims (mainly Sunni) and 7.4% Christians (6.1% Roman Catholic and 1.3% other Christian). Like other parts of the world growing Muslim population in Sri Lanka is trying to clash with non-Muslim people as their tradition of Quran and Jihad.
Sri Lanka today declared a state of emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal violence between majority Sinhala and minority Muslims in the country’s scenic Kandy district that left two persons dead and damaged several mosques and homes.
Violence, triggered by the death of a Sinhalese man at the hands of a mob last week, erupted yesterday in the Theldeniya area of the central hill district popular with tourists. The government sent troops and elite police commandoes to Kandy to restore order and enforce the curfew.
President Maithripala Sirisena and the Cabinet decided to declare a state of emergency for 10 days following the violence prevailed in some parts of the country, Minister of Social Empowerment S B Dissanayake told reporters after a Cabinet meeting.
A Gazette notification would be issued right away after the President signs the proclamation, giving effect to the state of emergency, he said.
Muslims claimed that around 10 mosques, 75 shops and 32 houses belonging to the minority community were badly damaged in the attacks by the Sinhalese Buddhists, forcing police to fire tear gas shells and impose an overnight curfew to prevent clashes between the two communities.
The situation, however, remained tense in part of Kandy, home to famous tea plantations and Buddhist relics, after burnt body a Muslim man was recovered today from the remains of a burnt building.
Fresh curfew was imposed today and heavily-armed police commandos of special task force were deployed in Theldeniya and Pallekele areas of Kandy after rioters disobeyed an overnight curfew and went on a rampage.
This will be the first time since August 2011, that a state of emergency will be in force in the Indian Ocean’s island nation.
The state of emergency allows the deployment troops on the street, search and arrest people without a warrant.
“We decided to take strong action to control the situation and to deal strongly with all wrong doers,” senior minister Rauff Hakeem, who is also the leader of the main Muslim party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), told reporters.
The violence was sparked off by the death of a Sinhalese man who was assaulted by the three Muslims over a private dispute.
According to police, on February 22, the man was admitted to a hospital following an attack, where he succumbed to his injuries on March 3, after which the attackers arrested and were remanded to police custody till tomorrow.
In November last, riots in the south of the island left one man dead and homes and vehicles damaged.
In June 2014, riots between Buddhists and Muslims left four dead and many injured. The violence was instigated by a Buddhist extremist group whose leaders are on trial accused of instigating religious conflict.
As per a report of 27th February in ColomboPage Online News portal+, there was a tense situation, which had prevailed in the Ampara town in eastern Sri Lanka after a group of people attacked a Muslim shop and a mosque, has presently been brought under control.At least five people were wounded and several shops and a mosque damaged in the clash between majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Muslims, police said.
A police spokesman said an investigation has been launched to apprehend persons responsible for the attack on the mosque and several shops in Ampara town.
Amidst a rumor that an eatery in the Ampara town puts “sterilization pills” in the food, a group of persons had visited the eatery located on D.S. Senanayake Street in Ampara for a meal and attacked the establishment.
Sinhalese mob had also attacked a mosque, serval shops and vehicles then and the security was strengthened in the town to control the unrest, Police Media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
Local Buddhist people said that the rumor of “sterilization pills” in the food was made by the fanatic Muslims only to make communal divide for running Muslim business on their own by boycotting the shops owned by the Buddhists.
In the series of growing Buddhist-Muslim violent clashes and tensions, the Sri Lankan Govt has declared a 10 days; emergency finally.
__With the inputs from PTI and ColomboPage. Pic. Courtesy: Reuters.