The Minister, issuing a special statement, extended his gratitude to all parties that acted responsibly to avoid a bloodbath.
The Minister said additional Police battalions, the Police Special Task Force, the Anti-riot Squad and the military were called in last night to bring the situation under control.
"Under the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, police curfew was imposed on the area until 9 am this morning (18).
I am aware that some political groups are now on a desperate mission to turn this minor brawl into a Sinhala-Muslim clash. I urge the public not to be misled by their false propaganda.
The same elements are now in the process of disseminating false videos and news on social media platform to stir up communal sentiments. I reiterate that stern action will be taken against everyone, irrespective of their positions and political
affiliations, attempting to resort to racist propaganda. The same will apply to the rumour-mongers trying to capitalise on this opportunity to achieve petty political gains," the Minister asserted.