PM promises compensation

Gintota clashes:


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the weekend visited Ginthota in Galle to oversee measures taken by police to prevent further incidents of violence. The PM was accompanied by Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake. (pic courtesy PM’s Office)

By Norman Palihawadana

The Law and Order Ministry yesterday said that security measures currently in place at Gintota in the Galle District would be continued though the situation was back to normal.

IGP Pujith Jayasundera yesterday told The Island that among the 19 persons remanded till Nov 30 in connection with a series of clashes between Sinhalese and Muslims was a former Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman.

The police chief said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake had visited the Gintota area on Sunday.According to police 66 houses, 23 shops and ten vehicles belonging to members of both communities have been damaged.

Addressing those who had been affected at Gintota, Premier Wickremesinghe alleged that some people tried to cause countrywide chaos in the wake of Gintota clashes.

PM Wickremesinghe warned rumour mongers that tough action would be taken against them. He met both sides to the dispute and urged them to remain calm.

The UNP leader also assured that compensation would be paid to all those who had suffered damages to their property.

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