Aluthgama Now Tranquil: Many Injured After Night-long Clashes

After night-long violence, Aluthgama town is now tranquil, residents of the area told 'Asian Mirror' this morning. 

According to unconfirmed reports, over 80 people have been injured following yesterday's clashes. They have been admitted to Nagoda, Kalutara and Aluthgama hospitals. 

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is in Bolivia at the moment, tweeted that no one is allowed to take law into their own hands. He also promised an inquiry into the incident. 

People on the ground told 'Asian Mirror' that there had been violent incidents throughout the night in Aluthgama and Beruwala areas despite police curfews. Some buildings, belonging to Muslim families, have been burnt down by angry mobs. 

According to residents, the Police Task Force (STF) had shown a genuine intention to bring violence to a halt. 

As the violence escalated, thousands of Muslims in the area gathered in mosques for shelter and protection. Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha, who rushed to Aluthgama last night after reports of clashes, found himself trapped inside a building. 

The total damage caused by the clash is yet to be estimated. Also, the Police did not give any details pertaining to the arrests that have been made so far. 

Speaking to Asian Mirror on conditions of anonymity, a senior Police officer said steps have been taken to ensure security for mosques across the country. 

 

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