New Delhi, March 6: Sri Lankan government has decided to impose emergency for 10 days to control law and order following violence against minority community in parts of Kandy district over last two days. "At a special cabinet meeting, it was decided to declare a state of emergency for 10 days to prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country," the government spokesman, Dayasiri Jayasekara, was quoted as saying by Reuters.
1. This is being seen as a precautionary measure. The decision has been taken after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the island nation's central district of Kandy.
2. Coincidentally the emergency announcement came just hours ahead of a cricket match between India and Sri Lanka. A T20 match between India and Sri Lanka is scheduled later today evening.
3. A tension has been brewing between the Buddhist and Muslim groups. The hardline Buddhist groups were accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites.
4. There was a tweet from former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, "It is the Sri Lanka government's responsibility to maintain law and order in Digana. Action could have been taken sooner to prevent clashes."
5. Some Buddhist nationalist have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of Muslim Rohingya asylum-seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar, where Buddhist nationalism has also been on the rise.