Hate Speech : Muslim , Tamil politicians also being investigated - Police

by Zacki Jabbar

Hate speech complaints against some Muslim and Tamil politicians,were also being investigated, Police said yesterday.

Police Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody, addressing the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing at the Information Department, said that complaints of hate speech had been received not only against the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Gnanasara Thera, but also against some politicians including Rishad Bathiudeen and Shivagilingam.

Twelve Sinhalese, two Muslims and a Tamil have been arrested.

Jayakody explained that the arrests had been made under two categories, namely hate speech and criminal offences.

Asked why there had been a delay in police action, Jayakody admitted that there had been certain lapses but police were doing their best within the confines of the law to deal with hate-mongers.

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