Sri Lanka police hit back after media flak over deadly riots

Sri Lanka police hit back after media flak over deadly riots

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan police announced they were tightening security in the capital on Sunday after local media, in a rare show of unity, condemned them for failing to control Buddhist extremists behind deadly anti-Muslim riots.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said security would be stepped up in Colombo on Monday following reports that a Muslim group was planning a demonstration to denounce an alleged arson attack at a Muslim-owned shop over the weekend.

“We have reports of a hartal (work stoppage) on Monday,” Rohana told AFP. “We are making arrangements to ensure that there is no trouble. There will be tighter security.”

He dismissed the barrage of media criticism that indicated that the police should take the blame for anti-Muslim riots carried out by hardline Buddhists a week ago which left four people dead, 80 wounded, and hundreds of homes and shops destroyed.
(AFP)

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