Sri Lanka Reimposes Curfew as over 100 held for anti-Muslim riots

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Following a series of suicide attacks on Easter, the countrywide curfew imposed after the violence against the Muslim community was lifted on Wednesday morning. The government had imposed a curfew on Monday in view of communal violence. However, in the sensitive areas, the curfew was imposed from 7 am to 4 am. Meanwhile, police have arrested more than 100 people for anti-Muslim riots.

Police said that among the people arrested, three Sinhalese Buddhist radicals were also involved. All three were accused of being involved in anti-Muslim violence in Kandy last year. In recent years Bodo Bala army or Bounded power Force has been found to be involved in violence against Muslims.

Hours after the announcement of the police officials reimposed the nationwide restrictions on people's movements and assembly.

The Sri Lankan army has started investigating against a military uninformed person in a video. Some rioters in the video are attacking Muslim shops, vehicles, and mosques, and a uniformed person remains mute spectators rather than rioters.

News First quoted police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that curfew will be imposed in the North Western Province and the Gampaha Police Division from 7 AM to Thursday 4 PM.

Sri Lankan air force spokesman Captain Gihen Seneviratne said that the Air Force would deploy helicopters at day and night to help control the work of illegal assembly and violence.

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