Arrest all those who incited racism, President Maithripala Sirisena had instructed the IGP and Chiefs of Security Forces at the Security Council meeting held this week at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo.
Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Mano Ganesan, Sagala Rathmayaka, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, the IGP and Chiefs of Security Forces attended the Security Council meeting.
Minister Mano Ganesan drew the attention of the President to a statement made by the Buddhist Monk of Mangalarama Temple in Batticaloa recently and said that the statement had hurt the Tamil people.
Responding to this President stated that this monk was talking a lot after a former politician’s visit to this temple.
The President also asked about enacting new laws to enable actions against people who incited racism.
Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said steps had already been taken to draft the law and pointed out that even under the existing provisions of the Penal Code, inciters of racism were liable for one year imprisonment.
President then instructed Security Services to take all, who incite racism, in to custody and produce before courts under the existing law. (Dayaseeli Liyanage)