Prime Minister visits Gintota

Prime Minister visits Gintota

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says that legal action will be taken against all those who tried to create an unnecessary clash in the Gintota area. Making an observation tour in the area the Prime Minister said that the laws will be applied strictly while strengthening security until the civilian life becomes back to normal in the area. Law and order in the area has been completely ensured by controlling the conflict in the Gintota area. Our reporters said that the people in the area are engaged in their day to day activities. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe made an observation tour of the area this morning. He visited the homes in the areas where the clashes took place and exchanged views with the Sinhala and Muslim communities. The Prime Minister emphasized that everyone should try to protect peace and unity. He said the incident occurred due to few people. He said that the Army, STF and Police will be stationed in the area for some more time as there was breakdown of law and order in the area. the Prime Minister said an investigation will be conducted to find the cause of the incident. He said that extremists should not be allowed to create disharmony. Ministers Sagala Ratnayake and Vajira Abeywardena, MP Vijepala Hettiarachchi and public representatives were present on the occasion. Minister Sagala Ratnyake has directed the IGP not to remove or lessen security in Gintota area until he informs to do so. Meanwhile Police have taken steps to record complaints related to the Gintota incident by visiting homes. Police said that strict legal action will be taken against the people who spread false rumors. Police curfew was imposed in Gintota, Kurunduwatta, Mahahapugala, Welipitimodara, Ukwatta and Piyandigama areas due to the tension that prevailed on Friday night. 19 people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Meanwhile a special meeting took place at the District Secretariat with the attendance of Galle District religious leaders, civil society representatives and political activists. Peace committees were setup on the occasion to further strengthen the peace in the areas.