A 10-day State of emergency was declared in Sri Lanka on Tuesday after sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the Kandy region left two people dead, Government officials said.
The government strongly condemned the violence and vowed to take stern action against the perpetrators.
Anti-Muslim riots broke out in the central district of Kandy on the weekend after a Sinhalese man who said he had been attacked by a muslim mob died in a local hospital.
The government has appealed to all parties and the general public to remain calm and act with responsibility, following a tense situation that took place in Digana today.
The statement from Sirisena's office came after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament that the government was considering imposing a state of emergency.More news: Ronda Rousey Throws Triple H Through a Table at WWE Elimination Chamber
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Dissanayake said the President could decide at the end of the 10 days, whether to extend the state of emergency. It is being told that due to the tension between Buddhists and Muslim communities over the past, conditions of Sri Lanka has worsened.
Gunasekara said 24 people had been arrested over the killing so far. The action could have been taken sooner to prevent clashes.
As per reports, an emergency was required after the religious and ethnic violence has increased in Sri Lanka. One man was killed and dozens of buildings and vehicles damaged during clashes in the south of the country in November.
Mobs set fire to Muslim-owned businesses and attacked a mosque in the east of the country last week after a Muslim chef was accused of adding contraceptives to food sold to Sinhalese customers.
The Aluthgama riots in Sri Lanka were religious and ethnic riots in June 2014 in south-western Sri Lanka. Another 13 percent of the population are Hindus.