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Lanka riots: Court denies bail to 18-year-old suspect

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

An 18-year-old school student who was arrested for allegedly spreading false information on with an aim to incite communal violence in riot -hit Kandy, was sent to 14-day police custody today.

Lawyers of the suspect, a student of a leading school here, had moved a bail application but Colombo Chief rejected the plea and sent him to police remand till March 26, the DailyMirror reported.

The suspect was arrested yesterday.

A total of 230 people -- 169 of them from and 61 of them from other areas -- have been arrested since the violence began on March 4.

During the hearing, the CID informed the that a magistrate's court cannot grant bail to an accused held under the Computer Act and Reconciliation Act.

Yesterday, fresh violence erupted when a Muslim-owned restaurant was attacked in an alleged hate crime in district's Anamaduwa city, 130 kilometres from Colombo.

Communal violence broke out in the Sri Lanka's scenic district following the death of a man from the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese majority, resulting in the death of two persons and damage to several homes, businesses and mosques.

has appointed a three-member commission to probe the communal clashes in

He had declared a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday last and deployed the police and military to prevent escalation of violence after clashes between majority Sinhala Buddhists and minority Muslims erupted in other areas of central Sri Lanka's riot-hit district.

Tensions remain high across the country following which all schools in the riot-affected Kandy town were closed on the direction of the Education department.

After remaining closed for six days, all schools in the Kandy town opened today.

had said last Saturday that according to latest statistics, 465 places of worship, houses, vehicles, business places and other institutions had suffered damage during these incidents. Of them, 87 had suffered total damage and 196 partially damaged, while another 182 suffered minor damage.

Meanwhile, of Fisheries and of Mahaweli Mahinda Amaraweera said that the government was considering the introduction of laws and regulations to impose certain restrictions on


Today including are being used in spreading information defaming the and many others and also tainting their character, he was quoted as saying in the DailyMirror.

"Therefore, the government is considering to introduce laws and regulations to impose some restriction on use of social media, further," he said, adding strict procedures for the social media would be adopted after the returns from his visit to and

UN for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, who concluded a three-day visit to the island yesterday, urged the government to swiftly and fully implement the law to bring perpetrators to the justice.

During his visit amidst the communal violence, Feltman met with the President, the Prime Minister, of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, among others.

Muslims make up 10 per cent of Sri Lanka's total 21 million population. Sinhalese are a largely Buddhist ethnic group.

Tensions between Muslim groups and the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community in the country have escalated since the end of the civil war in May 2009.

In 2014, violence directed against Muslim minority groups broke out in the southwestern town of Aluthgama, following a rally by hardline Buddhist nationalist monks, resulting in the death of at least three Muslims.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 18:05 IST
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