Island wide Police curfew lifted except for north western province

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 - 7:36

The police media spokespersons office noted that the Police curfew which was imposed island wide last night was lifted except for the North western province.

Police curfew was imposed island wide from 9 pm yesterday to 4 am today while police curfew imposed on the north western province is active until further notice.

In addition, Police curfew imposed on the Gampaha police division until 6 am today has been lifted.

Police curfew was imposed taking into account the situation which erupted in several areas within the Gampaha police division, and subsequently was imposed island wide.

Meanwhile, police headquarters have advised senior police officers to take maximum measures by exercising authority within the legal framework in order to prevent incidents.

In addition Army commander, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake making a special statement to media noted that if a peaceful situation is not sustained, the army may have to use its force against it.

Meanwhile, owing to the tense situation which erupted in several areas, access to social media including facebook continues to be blocked.

In addition, a special unit was established within the police headquarters in order to investigate into individuals responsible for spreading false rumours and making statements in a manner which disrupts harmony amongst communities.

Those found guilty would be facing a prison sentence between 3 to 7 years.

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