New Minister says no political hand behind violence

By Norman Palihawadana

New Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara yesterday said that there was no political hand behind the violence in Kandy.

Maddma Bandara who assumes duties today said that those sowing seeds of racial hatred leading to clashes would be severely dealt with and, would not allow such incidents to take the country to a dark era again. The police would also mete out severe punishment to those spreading falsehoods and rumours leading to disharmony among the races, he said.

The Minister said the government had created a conducive environment for all races to live in harmony under the theme "One country, one people" and the police were keeping a close tab on those attempting to make trouble.

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