President Maithripala Sirisena in a special statement issued a short while ago strongly condemning the recent acts of violence in Digana and other places in Kandy and expressing his grief to all families and relatives of those effected. He also stated that the Police has been instructed to apply the law to the letter in dealing with all individuals and groups involved in violence.
The President added that all possible steps have been taken to build harmony, unity, understanding and friendship among communities in this context. He appealed to leaders of all religious denominations to advise local politicians and help prevent communcal clashes.
He also revealed that he has instructed the Police, Army and the STF to work around the clock to maintain law and order in the particular areas.
The President appealed also to the general public to be wary of misinformation and mischief-making especially in social media because ‘there are groups that are working to destroy the peace and cause division between communities.’ He promised to take drastic action against such people.