May 24, 2017

2 Muslim, Tamil shops set on fire in Kahawatte Featured

Two Muslim and Tamil business establishments in the middle of Kahawatte town have been set on fire, according to

The four-storied Kahawatte Glass and Electricals and an adjoining retail shop were destroyed in the arson attack.

The owner of the Kahawatte Glass has complained to police that around 2.00 am Tuesday, he saw that his business place was on fire.

The retail shop, owned by one Vadivel, has been completely gutted.

20 attacks, but not a single arrest

The Sri Lanka Muslim Council alleges no arrests have so far been made over around 20 attacks on mosques and Muslim business establishments in the past one month.

At yesterday’s (23) cabinet meeting, president Maithripala Sirisena inquired from law and order minister Sagala Ratnayake as to why the law was not being enforced on attacks against Muslims, and ordered the immediate enforcement of the law, said minister Mano Ganeshan.

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the police in the respective areas should be responsible over these violent incidents, Ganeshan said in a statement.

Meanwhile, cabinet spokesman Gayantha Karunatilake told the media yesterday the cabinet decided to empower OICs of the respective police stations to enforce the law against such incidents.

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