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Sunday, 19 November 2017 - 19:34
Special security in Gintota continues
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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that legal action would be taken against any individual responsible for initiating unruly and tense situations regardless of their status.

The premier stated this when he engaged in an observational visit in Galle, Gintota this morning and inspected the houses and properties that were damaged due to the recent clashes.

Ministers Sagala Rathnyaka, Vajira Abeywardena, MP Wijepala Hettiarachchi and IGP Pujith Jayasundara partcipated.

The premier inquired into the well-being of residents of Gintota.

Further, he informed the public that a mechanism was in place to record complaints, by visiting the residences.

The prime minister assured that compensation would be made for damaged properties.

Meanwhile, a tense situation erupted today while views were exchanged between the Galle district UNP MP Wijepala Hettiarachchi and the public.

Our correspondent noted that the public displayed their protest against the MP and a group.

Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka noted that he had directed IGP Pujith Jayasundara to provide a report on the Gintota incident as instructed by the PM.  

Issuing a statement the ministry noted that the subject minister had directed the IGP to continue the deployment of security in the area, until further notice.

The police media spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekera noted that the STF, triforces, and Police have been deployed in 7 grama seva divisions of Gintota.

Meanwhile, the 19 individuals who were arrested in connection with the incident were remanded until the 30th of this month and 3 others have been remanded until tomorrow.

In addition, 7 individuals have been admitted to hospital with injuries.

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