The Police have given instructions to Police stations island-wide to give protection to all Muslim mosques in their locality following the mob attack on Muslim houses and businesses in Aluthgama, the Colombo Telegraph learns.
While the situation in Aluthgama has currently been brought under control after the imposing of a Police curfew, the Police have also enforced a curfew in the adjoining Muslim dominated Beruwala area.
Reports from the ground said that many Muslim houses and businesses are currently in flames following the attack by goons of the Bodu Bala Sena.
The Colombo Telegraph learns that highly placed officials have informed editors of news and print media in Sri Lanka to desist from reporting the ground situation prevailing in Aluthgama,
Instead, the media have been told to only inform the public about the curfew imposed due to a “tense situation”.
The Aluthgama incident comes in the wake of a mob attack launched by thugs on Muslim businesses on Thursday.
The Bodu Bala Sena had held a meeting in the Dharga Town today regarding an alleged assault on a Buddhist monk. Galagoda atthe Gnanasara had addressed the rally and reportedly made inciteful remarks before the mob started stoning an adjoining mosque.
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