Emergency Declared In Sri Lanka, Troops Deployed

According to some analysts, the nationalist Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena has been responsible for the ongoing violence targetting Muslims in Sri Lanka.

In an unprecedented fall out of events, Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal violence after clashes triggered by racial violence erupted between two groups, Buddhists, and Muslims. "It was also chose to take stern action against people who instigate violence through Facebook", he added, referring to postings on social media.

Sri Lankan authorities on Monday imposed a curfew in the town of Kandy, following a series of anti-Muslim attacks targeting mosques, shops and homes.

Ganeshan said the state of Emergency would give Sirisena the power to deploy the armed forces across the country.

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Police said a magisterial inquiry into the death was presently underway while a team from the Criminal Investigations Department had also been dispatched to Kandy to conduct a probe into the clashes. "As a country that had suffered by acts of violence for almost three decades, we as a nation should desist from repetition of such", Director General of Government information, Sudarshana Gunawardhana said. Action could have been taken sooner to prevent clashes. Twenty-four people have been arrested, however tensions in the region remain high with ongoing reports of Muslim shops, mosques and home facing attacks.

Local officials said over two dozen suspects had been detained by police in connection with the spate of arson attacks, while senior officers had also launched an investigation into the conduct of police.

Muslims make up about 10% of Sri Lanka's population, while the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese population constitute almost three-quarters of the island state's 21 million people.

Muslims in Sri Lanka are mostly of Tamil origin. Muslims account for 10 percent of its population.

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