Muslim politicians representing the SLFP-led UPFA yesterday called upon the government to take action against those responsible for Saturday’s attack on a mosque at Swarna Chaitya Mawatha in the Grandpass police area. They have made this request from the President by issuing a statement regarding the Grand Pass incident.
Having met at Senior Minister of Urban Development, A. H M. Fowzie’s official residence in Colombo, Muslim politicians demanded that the government move against those targeting their community to prevent a catastrophe.They emphasised the targeted place of religious worship wouldn’t be closed down in spite of threats.
The group alleged that there would never have been communal violence in Colombo if law enforcement authorities had responded swiftly and decisively when places of religious worship came under attack over the past several months.
Among those present at the meeting were SLMC leader Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem, Industries and Commerce Minister Rishard Bathiyutheen, Western Province Governor Alavi Moulana, Deputy Minister of Economic Development M. L. A. M. Hisbullah, Investment Promotion Minister Faizer Musthapha and Productivity Promotion Minister Basheer Segu Dawood.
Meanwhile, the police curfew was reimposed in the area from 6 pm yesterday at 7 am today.