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Monday, 13 May 2019 - 17:51
Curfew in the Northwestern Province until further notice
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Police curfew has been imposed indefinitely within the North Western Province with immediate effect.

Addressing a media conference being held in Colombo, Police Media spokesman, SP, Ruwan Gunesekera said the decision was taken to ensure security in the area.

Meanwhile, the Facebook user who posted a remark leading to communal disharmony has been remanded until May 24th.

A tense situation erupted in Chilaw yesterday after this suspect posted such a remark on his Facebook.

He will be charged under the PTA and the Emergency Regulations.

At the same time, the police media spokesman said that measures were taken to impose indefinite police curfew within the entire North Western Province to prevent the spreading of violence to other areas.

The government blocked social media platforms including Facebook in order to prevent communal disharmony and the jamming of social media is still in force.

At the same time, a special unit has been set up to apprehend social media users who share fake news leading to communal disharmony.

The police media spokesman said that those who are found guilty of such offences will be jailed for 3 to 7 years.

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