Island-wide police curfew lifted : Call for calm from PM and armed forces

Ranil-Wickremesinghe

May 14, 2019 (LBO) – The island-wide police curfew which was imposed last night has been lifted at 4 am, Tuesday.

Issuing a statement the Police Media Division said the curfew imposed on the North Western Province is still in effect.

The curfew affecting the Gampaha police division has also been lifted.

Police curfew was implemented in Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya, Dummalasuriya, Rasnayakapura, and Kobeigane areas and in Hettipola last afternoon.

The curfew was imposed in several areas under the North Western police division following unrest in Kuliyapitya on the 12th May which saw attacks on shops and property in the area.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Twitter appealed to all citizens to remain calm and not be swayed by false information.

“Security forces are working tirelessly to apprehend terrorists and ensure the security of the country, but each time there is civil unrest, we increase their burden and hamper ongoing investigations,” he tweeted on his official account.

Wickremesinghe while vowing to take stern action against those responsible for unleashing violence, yesterday appealed to the public to extend their fullest cooperation to the Police and Security Forces to maintain peace.

“Those who are behind these incidents are aiming at inconveniencing the Security Forces and the Police and destabilising the country,”

“The country will not be stable, if peace does not prevail in the country due to communal violence.”

The Police also warned of spreading false information noting that action will be taken against those who are guilty of the offence.