Victims Accuse IGP Of Standing Idly Through The Aluthgama Violence

Reports coming in from the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka state that so far 85 complains have been lodged by the victims of Aluthgama violence and that they have named the IGP N.K. Illangakoon as a respondent to the event.

The victims claims that the IGP did not take any measures to stop the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) 'anti-muslim' rally, nor did he take any action to control the violence that erupted as a result of the rally.

However, more than three weeks after anti-Muslim clashes in Aluthgama, Beruwala and Dharga Town, IGP N.K. Illangakoon had transferred a senior Police officer who overlooked security in the area.

The clash occurred following a protest organized by the Bodu Bala Sena this evening where the BBS accused a Muslim group of assaulting a Buddhist monk. Addressing the gathering, BBS General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera strongly criticized the Muslims in the area and said they were inciting violence. 

The clashes in Aluthgama resulted in a massive property losses and destroyed the livelihood of thousands of residents. The violence continued for around three days and mandatory curfew was implemented by the police.

As violence increased the government was pushed to deploy the STF in the area to control the clashes. 

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