Situation under control

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Says riots have dealt a huge blow to country’s economy

LATE-CITY-MB_1Barring a few minor incidents such as people throwing stones at establishments at a few places outside Kandy yesterday, things are under control, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured yesterday.   

 Minor incidents had been reported from the areas of Giriulla, Kuruwita and Weligama.   

Mr. Wickremesinghe, making a special statement, said that the situation in Kandy has been brought under control. “The curfew was  re-imposed in Kandy from 6.00pm yesterday to 6 a.m today (9) just to ensure that law enforcement officers would be able to maintain peace in the area.   

“President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Ranjith Maduma Bandara as the Law and Order Minister after consulting me and he will look into the situation in Kandy as part of his duties. I had a discussion with him, Secretary Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne and the Secretary Ministry of Law and Order as well with regard to our future course of action,” the PM said.   

All arrangements have been made to see that there are adequate stocks of food available in Kandy,” he added.   

The Prime Minister also promised that the payment of compensation to those who were affected by the violence would be expedited. 

He stated that unlawful use of social media to spread malicious lies had done much damage to the image of the country, adding this was the main reason for the government to temporarily block social media platforms.  

“These riots have delivered a huge blow to the country’s tourism and on the economy as a whole, while it has also tarnished its reputation,” the Prime Minister said. Y.P.