A hartal campaign has been organized in several areas of the Eastern Province in protest of the intended removal of the mosque that has been constructed within the Dambulla sacred site.
Our reporters indicated that the hartal is ongoing in Muslim residential areas of Ampara and Batticaloa.
Several shops in these areas have also been shut down as part of the campaign while day to day activities have also been disrupted.
However, when we spoke to the police media unit they confirmed that the situation in the area is peaceful and all measures have been taken to ensure law and order.
The unit also added that special task force officers have also been deployed to the area to ensure safety.