Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has called upon the government to ensure necessary precautions are implemented to ensure the tragic events expired in Aluthgama do not recur following the Sangha Sammelanaya (summit of Buddhist monks) organised by the extremist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS).
In a statement issued to the government, SLMC Secretary General and MP Hasen Ali has stated that the announcements made on the summit organised by the BBS to be held this Sunday, contains similar patterns of inflammatory hate speech propagated in Aluthgama, giving rise to the possibility that certain incidents that would violate the law and order of the country might occur.
They have pointed out that therefore, the SLMC is concerned that the meeting could be a platform where the tragic events of Aluthgama might be replayed.
Hence, the SLMC has urged the government, the Ministry of Law and Order and the Defence Ministry to ensure that necessary actions are taken to guarantee that citizens and public life in Sri Lanka are not harmed by the events.
They have gone on to remind the Government of Sri Lanka that it would have to bear full responsibility of ensuring the safety of the Muslim community in the context of the threats that have been imposed by BBS General Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnanasara in the video announcements propagated on the event.
These calls by the SLMC come just a few days following the pledge made by President Rajapaksa to the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani to take immediate action to address any concerns or incidents against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka and to ensure their safety.