Muslims staged protests in several places including Colombo today over the incident in Uppukulam – Mannar.
The protests were held after Friday prayers around the island.
The Muslim community is requesting justice and solutions for their displaced members, a considerable number of the IDPs being in the Northern Province.
A leaflet distributed during the protests in Colombo by the Sri Lanka Muslim Council alleges that there is an attempt to drive Muslims away from the North entirely.
The council also alleges that the police received an order to disburse the protesting fishermen in Mannar and condemned attempts made to drag the name of Minister Rishad Bathuideen in to this issue.
One of the protesters in Colombo expressed these views.