Musthapha sees hidden hand behind last week’s violence in Kandy

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha alleges that there was a hidden political hand behind communal violence in Kandy.

He told the media that the incidents occurred in Kandy last week were used as a political platform to spew religious hate, racism and instil fear.

"I strongly condemn these attempts to show the country in a bad light internationally," the minister said, stressing that disciplinary action should be taken against law enforcement personnel who had failed to take prompt action to prevent the eruption of violence.

"Any individual violating the law should be given deterrent punishment," he said.

Minister Musthapha urged the President to appoint a presidential commission immediately to seek out and apprehend the culprits responsible for these catastrophic events.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L Peiris said even though the government was pointing their fingers at some of the political leaders attached to SLPP for fueling the violence incidents in the Kandy District, it was former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who had taken the initiative to avoid further spreading of the violent situation.

Former President Rajapaksa visited Kandy and met the people living there and he even spoke to the Police and held discussions with the ambassadors of Muslim countries.

Prof. Peiris said that even though the government tried to distance the Muslim community from former President Rajapaksa, he had shown the true leadership intervening to stop the violence while the government was doing precious little.

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