Police arrested 49 people after deadly sectarian violence targeting Muslim population was spur in southern coastal region in Sri Lanka. Nearly 49 Buddhists and Muslims were arrested during a police crackdown in the southern resort towns, where 4 Muslims have been killed and several shops and homes were set to fire in the last two days, a senior officer told on Wednesday.
“We have already arrested 49 and remanded 25 of them and further arrests will take place today,” Sri Lanka police spokesman Ajith Rohana said. A curfew was imposed in Beruwala and Alutgama to restore order which erupted after a BBS rally in Alutgama on Sunday, with riots broke out as it alleged its march was stoned by Muslims. Eyewitnesses were not satisfied on the measure taken by authorities to stop conflict in the start. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the top Islamic body, showed their concerns and asked Lankan government to investigate the violence and take action against responsible. OIC Secretary General Iyad Madani said he hoped “every possible effort would be exerted by the Sri Lankan authorities to prevent a further escalation of violence”. “While appealing for calm and peaceful realtions between the communities, Mr Madani urged the authorities to enforce the rule of law, investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice,” an OIC statement said.