Nov 18, 2016

President orders arrest of persons inciting racism Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed IGP Pujith Jayasundara to immediately arrest the persons who provoke racism, irrespective of their races.

At the national Security Council meeting, the president also told the police chief to ensure that such persons remained in remand custody for at least one year under the existing laws, until new laws are formulated, minister Mano Ganeshan has announced through social media.

Already, Suresh Priyasad alias Dan Priyasad of Dematagoda and Tawheed Jamaat leader Abdul Raseeq are in remand custody facing similar charges.

Meanwhile, both the president and the prime minister have warned that extremists in the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities were plotting to create a communal clash once again.

Their collective warning came at a function at the BMICH to mark the 30th anniversary of ‘Ravaya’ newspaper.

Bandula’s warning

Two days ago, joint opposition MP Bandula Gunawardena said certain groups were trying to create a Sinhala-Muslim riot once again.

Participating in the Neth FM Unlimited programme, he said their intention was to achieve their objectives, which could not be realized under peaceful circumstances.

At the previous Sinhala-Muslim riot in 1915, those arrested were D.S. Senanayake, F.R. Senanayake, Piyadasa Sirisena and Anagarika Dharmapala, he said.

One hundred years later, attempts are being made to create a similar situation, he charged, and urged the public to understand its gravity and prevent it.

PTA will be used

Meanwhile, joining the budget debate in parliament today (18), minister Wijedasa Rajapakse said that despite whatever was being said by the international community, the PTA would be used to act against groups and persons inciting racism.

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