Due to the tensions that arose over a dispute between two parties, Police curfew was imposed in Six Grama Seva divisions, but it has now been lifted.
However curfew was imposed in the Gingtota (East and West) areas of Maha Hapugala, Welipitimodara, Ukwatte, Piyadigama and Kurunduwatte villages from 6.00 pm today and will be lisfed at 6.00 am tomorrow (Sunday).
Certain areas had been damaged due to the clashes. According to the police, 19 persons have so far been arrested over the incident.
Minister Vajira Abeywardena and community leaders exchanging their views.
The incident had occurred over an accident and according to Minister Abeywardena, those responsible for creating tensions had been arrested and remanded. He said this during a meeting held this morning at the Galle District Secretariat.
However, issuing a statement the police said over 200 police officers and over 100 STF personnel had been deployed to maintain peace and calm in the area.
Social media spreading false news!
Meanwhile the police issuing a statement said it was reported that certain parties are using this situation to spread false rumours.
Therefore, the IG had instructed the CID to identify those persons who are spreading these false rumours through social media.
Police curfew imposed to strengthen security
In order to bring the situation under control, members of the clergy, ministers, officials, community leaders and security forces met this afternoon (Saturday).
Minister Vajira Abeywardena said at the meeting that around 66 houses had been damaged due to these clashes while five persons who had sustained injuries are currently receiving treatment at the Karapitiya hospital.