Communal, ethnic and religious hatred and violence, and impunity have no place in the society that we strive to build, the cabinet of ministers says in a statement.
In this context, we are deeply concerned by the recent incidents of violence targeting places of religious worship, shops and business enterprises, and houses. We denounce in the strongest terms, these acts of violence and hatred, including incidents of hate speech by certain individuals and groups aimed at inciting violence against the different ethnic and religious communities in our country, says the statement.
We are deeply saddened by the destruction of property and loss of livelihoods as a result of recent incidents, and the pain of mind and fear caused to individuals.
We affirm that hate filled expressions and actions by individuals and groups with vested interests, resulting in demeaning, denigrating and inciting violence against fellow citizens of various ethnic, religious backgrounds has no place in Sri Lankan society.
While reaffirming the Government’s commitment to reconciliation, peace building, peaceful co-existence, and the rule of law, we direct the law enforcement authorities to immediately take all necessary steps in accordance with the law of the land, against instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech targeting any religious and ethnic groups in the country, the statement says.
Arrested suspect has links with BBS
Petrol bomb was lobbed at Jumma mosque at Mawalapitiya in Kurunegala
Police say a suspect arrested in connection with four attacks on Muslim religious and business places in the past few weeks is an active member of Bodu Bala Sena.
The suspect has had close connections with Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera too, said police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody.
However, BBS CEO Dilantha Withanage strongly rejects the accusation and says every person who visits their office and attend its meetings could not be taken as members of the organization.
National languages minister Mano Ganeshan has told BBC Sinhala Service that a these attacks targeting Muslims was a conspiracy against the government.
The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission requests the president to take action against persons who make hate speeches and resort to violence against Muslim and other minority communities.
In a letter to the president, the Commission asks him to give immediate orders to the law and order ministry and the IGP in that regard.