The tense situation that developed in Gintota on Friday night has completely been brought under control with law and order restored in the area, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said.
The Minister, in a special statement, extended his gratitude to all parties that acted responsibly to avoid a bloodbath.
He said that additional Police battalions, the Police Special Task Force, the Anti-riot Squad and the military were called in to bring the situation under control.
“Under the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister, a police curfew was imposed on the area until 9.00 am on Saturday.
“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”, Minister Ratnayake said.
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, who attempt to resort to racist propaganda, he warned.
“The same will apply to the rumour-mongers trying to capitalize on the opportunity to achieve petty political gains,” he said.