The attacks on the night of February 26 followed rumours that a hotel was giving ‘barren pills’ with the food it was selling.
Police are inquiring into both this allegation and the subsequent attacks and have beefed up security in the town.
A motorcycle set on fire
Politicians and religious leaders met with law enforcement authorities yesterday at the district secretariat and agreed that strong action should be taken against the perpetrators.
The matter also came up at the cabinet meeting, and several ministers spoke about the ‘organized attacks’, said one of the participants Mano Ganeshan.
In a statement, minister Daya Gamage said minor incidents have taken place with the intention of destabilizing the country.
Immediate steps have been taken against the conspirators aiming to discredit the government and violate peace and reconciliation, he said.
Last week, Amnesty International and the UN high commissioner for human rights both highlighted and criticized the continuing attacks against the minority Muslim and Christian communities in Sri Lanka.
Sinhalese hardliners are raising their heads following SLPP’s election victory
Meanwhile, government MP Mujibur Rahman has told ‘Ceylon Journals’ that Sinhalese hardliners were raising their heads again after the SLPP led by Mahinda Rajapaksa won the mini-polls.
He demanded the government took immediate steps to prevent such incidents, adding there was clearly a conspiracy involved as the incident happened within two days the prime minister took over the law and order ministry.