Curfew imposed after anti-Muslim attacks in Kandy

President Maithripala Sirisena today called for an impartial investigation into the violence which erupted in Kandy today

President Maithripala Sirisena today called for an impartial investigation into the violence which erupted in Kandy today

The government in Sri Lanka has declared Emergency in the country for 10 days to "maintain law and order" after the reports of rampant violence between Muslims and Buddhists.

Religious and ethnic violence can turn deadly in Sri Lanka, where Muslims account for 10 percent of the population and Buddhists Sinhalese make up almost 75 percent. "Now, the Police and Army personnel had been deployed to respective areas to beef up security", he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

There had been incidents of riots and arson since the weekend in Kandy district. "We want to send a strong message to trouble makers".

The violence in Kandy is understood to have been sparked when a group of Muslim men were accused of killing a man belonging to the majority Sinhala Buddhist community, who make up about 75% of the population.

Sri Lanka's Department of Government Information released a special statement condemning the violence, and ministers including Mangala Samaraweera and Harsha de Silva took to Twitter to denounce the violence. "As a country that had suffered by acts of violence for almost three decades, we as a nation should desist from repetition of such", Director General of Government information, Sudarshana Gunawardhana said.

Mobs set fire to Muslim-owned businesses and attacked a mosque in the east of the country.

Alan Keenan, a Sri Lanka specialist with the International Crisis Group, said radical Buddhist groups had been staging attacks against Muslims with "a significant degree of regularity" since 2012 and especially since last April.

Some Buddhist nationalist has also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of Muslim Rohingya asylum-seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar, where Buddhist nationalism has also been on the rise. An anti-Muslim campaign was launched following the deadly Aluthgama riots in June 2014.

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